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Tags: john kirby | taiwan | nancy pelosi | china

John Kirby to Newsmax: 'No Reason' for Pelosi Visit to Escalate Taiwan Crisis

(Newsmax/"The Record with Greta Van Susteren")

By    |   Wednesday, 03 August 2022 11:13 PM EDT

National security official John Kirby assured Newsmax on Wednesday that there is "no reason" for a Chinese military response due to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan.

In an interview on "The Record with Greta Van Susteren," Kirby, a retired rear admiral whom President Joe Biden tapped as National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications in May, said the administration was watching Pelosi's trip closely.

Kirby said the trip should not substantially escalate tensions on the island.

"There's no need for this to ramp up," Kirby told Van Susteren. "There's no need to escalate the tensions. Her trip was completely in keeping and consistent with our One China policy and our support to Taiwan,

"So, we've tried to make it clear privately and publicly that we don't want to see tensions escalate. We're not going to saber rattle. There's really no reason for them to use the trip as a pretext for some sort of military action."

The former Pentagon spokesman also insisted that Chinese President Xi Jinping should not feel humiliated for levying empty threats against the United States, opting to diffuse the situation.

"I guess our point, Greta, is that it doesn't need to be [humiliating]," Kirby said. "We've taken seriously the threats that they've made ... but there's no reason for it to come to blows."

Concerning other events, Kirby said that U.S.-supplied high mobility artillery rocket systems [HIMARS] have been "very effective" in thwarting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"We've committed 20, and that’s just from the United States" Kirby told Van Susteren. "Great Britain and Germany have also provided, or committed to provide, their versions of the HIMARS … and it will allow, and is allowing, the Ukrainians to strike deeper behind Russian lines.

"It gives them greater distance in range, which is what they need in this fight in the Donbas, particularly, which is sort of flat farmland, and it lends itself well to what we call 'long-range fires.'"

Kirby said some Ukrainian soldiers have been removed temporarily from fighting so they can be trained how to use the HIMARS.

"Were doing the best we can to provide them with as much capability as possible," Kirby said. "HIMARS has gotten a lot of attention now, but it’s at all the only thing that we’re providing them.

"Some 50 nations have now joined with us to coordinate security assistance to Ukraine. Not all of them are giving high-technology systems, but all are doing something. It's really an international effort."

Kirby also said that President Joe Biden has been "very clear" that the United States will not allow Iran to "have or possess a nuclear weapon."

He further confirmed that video evidence exists of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri's death, saying the administration has "high confidence that he was, in fact, the individual we targeted, and that he was, in fact, dead."

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