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Iran will no longer have carte blanche to dominate Mideast, Pompeo vows

Lapid says Trump peace plan to propose Abu Dis as Palestinian capital

Iran will no longer have carte blanche to dominate Mideast, Pompeo vows

Lapid says Trump peace plan to propose Abu Dis as Palestinian capital

21 May 2018 Monday 16:26
Iran will no longer have carte blanche to dominate Mideast, Pompeo vows

Pompeo says the US and its allies will work to “deter Iranian aggression,” thwarting Iranian cyber attacks and efforts to interfere with crucial waterways.

“We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah allies around the world and we will crush them,” he says.

“If they restart their nuclear program it will mean bigger problems. Bigger problems than they’ve ever had before” adds Pompeo.

He also says the US will continue to condemn Iran’s treatment of its citizens, noting the recent protests in the country.

Pompeo says new sanctions will be imposed on Iran as part of the US administration’s new strategy toward the Islamic Republic.

“We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. The leaders in Tehran will have no doubt about our seriousness,” he says, adding that further sanctions are in the pipeline.

“The Iranian regime should know this is just the beginning,” Pompeo adds.

He says the new sanctions will be the “strongest in history.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo begins his speech laying out the White House’s new strategy on Iran after US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

“President withdrew the deal for a simple reason: It failed to guarantee the security of the American people from the risk created by the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. No more,” he says.

Repeating Trump’s criticism of the deal, Pompeo says the deal’s so-called sunset provision set up Iran for a “quick sprint” to the bomb upon its expiration.

“The deal did nothing to address Iran’s development of ballistic and cruise missiles, which could carry nuclear weapons,” he says.

Pompeo also accuses Iran of using the windfall that came from sanctions relief to fund groups in the Middle East such as Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the Houthis in Yemen.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is giving a speech outlining the White House’s new strategy towards Iran following US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Lapid says Trump peace plan to propose Abu Dis as Palestinian capital

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid claims that the peace plan being prepared by the US administration designates the East Jerusalem suburb of Abu Dis as the potential future capital of a Palestinian state.

Speaking at his weekly faction meeting at the Knesset, Lapid demands that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirm whether he has agreed to the plan and whether he believes the two-state solution is still a viable option.

“This would not happen without the prime minister being aware of it and giving his agreement,” Lapid says of the rumored proposal for Abu Dis.

Lapid says such a proposal raises two questions: “Has the two state solution been put back in the table with the agreement of the prime minister?” and, “Would Netanyahu accept Abu Dis as the future capital of Palestine?”

The Trump administration is reportedly aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan — which US President Donald Trump has called “the deal of the century” — next month.

Abu Dis is a suburb of Jerusalem but lies east of Israel’s security barrier and outside the capital’s municipal boundary.

The Times of Israel

Updated: 22.05.2018 11:36
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