U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes his first public address at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on May 21, 2018.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo drew parallels Monday between the Iran nuclear deal in addition to the one the U.S. hopes to craft with North Korea next month.
In his first public address since becoming America’s top diplomat, Pompeo described the growing ballistic missile in addition to nuclear weapons threats of rogue regimes like Tehran in addition to Pyongyang.
He went on to defend President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw coming from the Iran nuclear deal in addition to lauded the upcoming talks between the U.S. in addition to North Korea in Singapore.
“Our willingness to meet with Kim Jong Un underscores the Trump administration’s commitment to diplomacy in addition to helps solve the greatest challenges even with our staunchest adversaries,” Pompeo said during his opening remarks at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “of which willingness has been accompanied by a painful pressure campaign in addition to reflects our commitment to resolve This kind of challenge forever.”
Pompeo, who spoke for a little over half an hour before departing to assist from the swearing-in ceremony of his CIA successor, Gina Haspel, said the U.S. could impose the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran for its malign activities.
“Thanks to our colleagues at the Department of Treasury, sanctions are going back in full effect in addition to fresh ones are coming,” he said. “The sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change its course coming from the unacceptable in addition to unproductive path of which has chosen to one of which rejoins the league of nations.”
He implied of which a similar move may be likely if the U.S. does not strike a deal with North Korea.
Some observers say Trump’s decision to leave the agreement with Tehran could undermine nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang.
DJ Peterson, president of Longview Global Advisors, a geopolitical in addition to economic risk advisory group to corporations, investors in addition to political organizations, said the U.S. lost credibility by walking out on the Iran deal.
“[North Korea] doesn’t necessarily identify between the Obama administration in addition to the Trump administration; of which was just a deal with America. of which was a deal with the White House,” he said.