Pompeo Unveils New Iran Strategy in Heritage Foundation Speech

UPDATE: Secretary of State Pompeo’s remarks at the Heritage Foundation:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will present a “diplomatic road map” on Monday for pursuing a “new security architecture” for dealing with Tehran after the U.S. pullout from the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

Pompeo will deliver remarks at The Heritage Foundation in Washington about the Trump administration’s strategy for countering not only Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but also its sponsorship of terrorism and its disruption in the Middle East.

“Our broad approach now that we’ve been emphasizing is that we need … a framework that’s going to address the totality of Iran’s threats,” Brian Hook, director of policy planning for the State Department, said on a conference call with reporters Friday.

“This involves a range of things around its nuclear program—missiles, proliferating missiles, and missile technology, its support for terrorists, and its aggressive and violent activities that fuel civil wars in Syria and Yemen,” Hook said. “And so we see an opportunity to counter and address Iran’s nuclear and proliferation threats, its destabilizing activity, and to create a better nonproliferation and deterrence architecture for Iran and the region.”

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal that was led by the Obama administration lifted sanctions in exchange for Iran’s delaying development of a nuclear arsenal for 10 years. On May 8, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“In the last three years or so, the JCPOA gave a lot of people a sort of false sense of security that by addressing Iran’s nuclear program, that we were somehow then addressing the totality of Iranian threats,” Hook said. “And it’s important that we change that dynamic.”

The other partners in the Iran deal were Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia.

In advance of the speech Monday, Pompeo spoke with the foreign ministers of Germany, France, and Britain, Hook said.

“We agree on more than we disagree, and we, as I said, have been working with the Europeans over the last week or two, and just in consultations with them, and we want to continue the momentum from our work with our European allies,” Hook said.

“And we see this, the coming months, as an opportunity to expand our efforts and to work with a lot of countries who share the same concerns about nonproliferation, about terrorism, about stoking civil wars around the region.”


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