WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States would withdraw about $100 million earmarked for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance, blaming corruption and a lack of transparency in the country.

Pompeo said in a statement the United States would complete the infrastructure project, but would do so using an "'off-budget' mechanism", faulting Afghanistan for an "inability to transparently manage U.S. government resources".

"Due to identified Afghan government corruption and financial mismanagement, the U.S. Government is returning approximately $100 million to the U.S. Treasury that was intended for a large energy infrastructure project," he added.

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This image provided on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, by the U.S. government and DigitalGlobe and annotated by the source, shows damage to the infrastructure at Saudi Aramco's Abaqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia. (U.S. government/Digital Globe via Associated Press)

Trump administration officials have claimed that intelligence assessments indicate that Iran was likely responsible for Saturday's attack on two major oil fields in Saudi Arabia that put global markets in chaos.

In briefings to news organizations on Sunday, officials provided evidence in a bid to substantiate Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's accusation Saturday that the attack on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq and Khurais facilities was committed by Iran.

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The fragile peace negotiations between the United States, Afghanistan, and the Taliban may have hit a snag: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly refused to sign on to a draft of the peace deal as it currently stands, according to a new report by Time Magazine's Kimberly Dozier.

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BANGKOK — The Trump administration was hoping to quietly resume nuclear-disarmament talks with North Koreans at a major Asian summit here this week. But Pyongyang's officials were a no-show, once again snubbing U.S. envoys and casting fresh doubts about President Trump's initiative to persuade Kim Jong Un to shed his ample nuclear arsenal.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo attended the annual meeting of a 10-nation bloc of Southeastern Asian countries, which concluded Saturday in Bangkok. And it was expected he would meet with his North Korean counterpart. But Pyongyang's foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, canceled his trip to Bangkok at the last minute for undisclosed reasons.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with local media in India on Wednesday that the United States had done everything it could to de-escalate tensions with Iran.

"If there is conflict, if there is war, if there is a kinetic activity, it will be because the Iranians made that choice. I hope that they do not," Pompeo told broadcaster India Today from New Delhi, where he is on an official visit.

(U.S. Air Force/TSgt. Dana Flamer)

TAMPA — Minutes before the Acting Secretary of Defense withdrew Tuesday from his confirmation process, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at MacDill Air Force Base about the need to coordinate "diplomatic and defense efforts'' to address rising tensions with Iran.

Pompeo, who arrived in Tampa on Monday, met with Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. and Army Gen. Richard Clarke, commanders of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command respectively, to align the Government's efforts in the Middle East, according to Central Command.

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