U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed frustration at the European reaction following the U.S. strike in Iraq that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, saying that “the Europeans haven’t been as helpful as I wish that they could be.”

Pompeo said he was speaking with a wide rage of foreign leaders in the past few days, and the response from allies in the Middle East has been “fantastic,” and others “haven’t been quite as good.”

“I spent the last day and a half, two days, talking to partners in the region, sharing with them what we were doing, why we were doing it, seeking their assistance,” Pompeo told Fox News’s Sean Hannity during an interview on Friday, Jan. 4. “They’ve all been fantastic. And then talking to our partners in other places that haven’t been quite as good.”

A number of European leaders have expressed concern after the U.S. airstrike, amid fears of retaliation and a further escalation in the Middle East to all-out war.

“We are waking up in a more dangerous world,” France’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, told RTL radio, according to  The Associated Press

Britain and Germany stated that Iran also bore some responsibility for escalating tensions in the region but urged caution moving forward.

“Frankly, the Europeans haven’t been as helpful as I wish that they could be. The Brits, the French, the Germans all need to understand that what we did, what the Americans did, saved lives in Europe as well,” Pompeo said. 

Separately, Pompeo in his Twitter, thanked the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq “for his steadfast partnership. We agreed on the need for continued, close cooperation.”

Pompeo reiterated in the interview his earlier assertion that Soleimani was planning an “imminent” attack that could have killed dozens or hundreds of U.S. troops and locals.

“This was a good thing for the entire world, and we’re urging everyone in the world to get behind what the United States is trying to do, to get the Islamic Republic of Iran to simply behave like a normal nation,” Pompeo said.

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