Pompeo to Present New Iran Strategy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to present the administration’s new strategy toward Iran on Monday morning.  Weeks after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Obama-era nuclear deal, Pompeo is expected to share his solution for the deal to the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

“Looking forward to speaking [at Heritage] on Monday, May 21, about the road ahead on [Iran],” Pompeo tweeted over the weekend.

Administration officials stated that the new strategy will include “a new security architecture” that extends beyond Tehran’s nuclear program, and will address Iran’s missile technology and support for terrorism and actions in Syria and Yemen.

According to CNN, Pompeo’s remarks come as U.S. European allies acknowledged their frustration over Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal, which offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for a temporary stop of its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, in a statement, European Council President Donald Tusk last week spoke against Trump, saying that Europe could no longer rely on its old ally. “With friends like that who needs enemies,” Tusk tweeted, referring to Trump.

France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, also said that the EU could provide financial help to European countries that would be hard-hit by U.S. sanctions if they continued doing business with Tehran.

However, Iran is not so sure that Europe can save the deal. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that European support wasn’t enough to keep it tenable, now that the U.S. had announced its intentions to withdraw.

Since the presidential campaign Trump had been a hard critic of the Obama-era deal, referring to it as the “worst deal ever negotiated.”

Flaws in the deal that made Trump withdraw are Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support for terrorist groups in the region.


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