U.S. Secretary Pompeo calls Iranian people to quickly take down their government
The new U.S. policy laid out a dozen new demands that put the Trump Administration on a collision course with the Iranian government and falls only rhetorically short of supporting an uprising by the Iranian people.
“At the end of the day, the Iranian people will decide the timeline,” Pompeo said, when asked how the new policy would play out.
“At the end of the day, the Iranian people will get to make a choice about their leadership.
“If they make the decision quickly, that would be wonderful. If they choose not to do so, we will stay hard at this until we achieve the outcomes that I set forward today.”
The Trump Administration will more aggressively confront Iranian operatives and their allies in Lebanon’s Hezbollah operating around the world, Pompeo vowed. The Islamic Republic “will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”
A new package of sanctions, still to be unveiled, will impose “unprecedented financial pressures”—the strongest in history—on Tehran, Pompeo said, at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. Iran “should know that this is just the beginning.” ■