Mike Pompeo threatens ‘strongest sanctions in history’ and vows to ‘crush’ Iranian proxies
The Telegraph ^ | 21 May 2018 • 10:54am | Ben Riley-Smith, Nick Allen
Posted on 5/21/2018, 9:39:33 AM by GonzoII
Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said the Iran nuclear deal put the world at risk.He also called on on European countries to help ramp up economic pressure on Iran as he outlined America’s ‘Plan B’ to the nuclear deal.
Delivering his first major foreign policy speech since taking the job, Mr Pompeo doubled down on the United States’ decision to quit the agreement earlier this month.
He framed the 2015 deal as allowing Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West.
He said: “The Obama administration made a bet. That bet was a loser with massive repercussions.
“The bet was a bad one for the US, for Europe, and for the world. Iran’s leaders saw it as a starting gun for the march across the Middle East.”
Mr Pompeo threatened the “strongest sanctions in history”.
He added: “We will track down Iranian operatives and their proxies around the world and we will crush them.”
He said if Iran makes “major changes” the US was willing to lift all sanctions, and restore full diplomatic relations.
The top US diplomat also called for a new treaty with Iran, ratified by Congress, that ends enrichment and gives inspectors access .
Mr Pompeo urged other nations to join America in reimposing economic sanctions on the regime in a bid to bring it back to the negotiating table.
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