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US Secretary of State Pompeo Demands Iran Leave Syria, Stop Funding Terror

By Michael Friedson | The Media Line

May 22, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The only thing that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not hear but wanted to in US SecState Mike Pompeo’s maiden address was a second from Russian President Vladimir Putin. But nevertheless, it was taken as a good start. Delivering a major policy speech at Washington’s Heritage Foundation, a Conservative think-tank, Pompeo demanded that Iran withdraw its military forces from Syria and halt its funding for the terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hamas. After President Trump ignited a maelstrom with the European Union by withdrawing American participation in the Iranian nuclear agreement, Pompeo said the United States is prepared to return, but only if a sizeable list of conditions is met. The recently-confirmed Secretary of State quoted President Donald Trump in promising that, “We will insure Iran has no path to a nuclear weapon, not now, not ever.” Having announced an unprecedented package of financial controls, Pompeo admonished that, “It will be painful if the [Iranian] regime doesn’t change its course. It will be the strongest sanctions in history. Iran will be battling to keep its economy alive.”


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