Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo wrote in a e-book printed Tuesday that India and Pakistan got here near nuclear conflict in 2019 and that US intervention prevented escalation.
“I don’t suppose the world correctly is aware of simply how shut the India-Pakistan rivalry got here to spilling over right into a nuclear conflagration in February 2019,” the seemingly future presidential contender wrote in “By no means Give an Inch,” his memoir of his time as Donald Trump’s high diplomat and earlier CIA chief.
India in February 2019 broke precedent by launching airstrikes inside Pakistani territory after blaming a terrorist group there for a suicide bombing that killed 41 CRPF jawans in Kashmir. India shot down an F-16 throughout an aerial fight wherein an Indian warplane was shot down by Pakistan and the pilot was captured by them.
Pompeo, who was in Hanoi for a summit between Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, mentioned he was woken up with an pressing name from a senior Indian official.
“He believed the Pakistanis had begun to arrange their nuclear weapons for a strike. India, he knowledgeable me, was considering its personal escalation,” Pompeo wrote.
“I requested him to do nothing and provides us a minute to type issues out,” Pompeo mentioned.
Pompeo mentioned that US diplomats satisfied each India and Pakistan that neither was making ready to go nuclear.
“No different nation may have finished what we did that evening to keep away from a horrible end result,” Pompeo wrote.
Pompeo, who wrote that Pakistan “in all probability enabled” the Kashmir assault, mentioned he spoke to “the precise chief of Pakistan,” then military chief Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa, in an allusion to the weak point of civilian governments.
Pompeo on the time publicly defended India’s proper to behave. In his e-book, Pompeo spoke extremely of India and, not like officers in New Delhi, made no secret of his want to ally with the South Asian democracy “to counteract Chinese language aggression.”
India, adopted by Pakistan, examined nuclear bombs in 1998, a watershed second. Then-president US Invoice Clinton later famously mentioned that Kashmir was “probably the most harmful place on this planet.”
‘I am nonetheless attempting to kill you’
Pompeo writes extensively within the e-book of his diplomacy with Kim Jong Un, which included making ready three conferences between the younger totalitarian chief and Trump.
He recalled a chilling first dialog as he flew into Pyongyang in March 2018 on a clandestine journey as CIA director.
“‘I did not suppose you’d present up. I do know you have been attempting to kill me,'” Pompeo quotes Kim as telling him.
“I made a decision to lean in with a little bit humor of my very own: ‘Mr. Chairman, I am nonetheless attempting (to) kill you.'”
However Pompeo described a budding understanding with Kim because the Trump administration provided incentives to decrease rigidity.
Pointing to Kim’s smoking behavior, Pompeo wrote that he informed Kim he would take him to “the nicest seaside in Miami and smoke the perfect Cubanos on this planet. He informed me, ‘I have already got an important relationship with the Castros.’ After all, he did.”
As for his or her substantive dialog, Pompeo mentioned Kim spoke candidly on issues about China, normally seen as North Korea’s essential ally.
Informed that China believes North Korea desires US forces out of South Korea, “Kim laughed and pounded on the desk in sheer pleasure, exclaiming that the Chinese language have been liars.”
Kim “mentioned that he wanted the People in South Korea to guard him from the CCP, and that the CCP wants the People out to allow them to deal with the peninsula like Tibet and Xinjiang,” Pompeo wrote, referring to the Chinese language Communist Social gathering.
Xi ‘hates you’
Pompeo turned identified for his hawkish stance on China, controversially accusing Beijing of spreading the “Wuhan virus,” in a derogatory reference to Covid-19.
He mentioned that Trump informed him with an epithet that Chinese language President Xi Jinping “hates you” and requested Pompeo to “shut the hell up for some time” as the US wanted well being provides from China.
“I used to be not glad that the president had tweeted that the CCP was doing job on the virus and praised Xi,” Pompeo mentioned.
“However I understood the circumstances — we would have liked well being gear and have been on the CCP’s mercy for it. I labored for the president, and I might bide my time.”
Pompeo has not dominated out working towards Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, though early polls present little help for Pompeo.
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