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Pompeo: US is concerned about Iran’s desire to dominate the Middle East

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe United States is concerned about Iran’s desire to dominate the Middle East and is committed to working closely with its regional allies, including Israel, to counter this threat, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

After talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he stated that the US administration had a “comprehensive Iranian strategy,” which takes into account not only Tehran’s nuclear project, but also “non-nuclear” threats on its part, including expansion in Syria.

“We remain deeply concerned about the dangerous escalation of Iranian threats to Israel and the region, the Iranian ambitions to dominate the Middle East … The US is on the side of Israel in this struggle.” We fully support Israel’s sovereign right to self-defense,” he added.

Among the non-nuclear threats that the US administration is going to oppose, the Secretary of State called Iran’s missile programs, support for the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon and the Husit rebels in Yemen, and the deployment of thousands of Shiite militants in Syria.

“Unlike the previous administration, President (Donald) Trump has a comprehensive strategy of action in the Iranian direction, which is designed to respond to all threats from Tehran … We are committed to working closely with our strong allies like Israel in countering these threats and the rejection of all kinds of insidious influence of Iran,” Pompeo said.

He confirmed the unchanged intention of the US to tighten the nuclear deal with Iran or withdraw from it if the revision is impossible.

“This deal is full of shortcomings, he (US President Donald Trump) ordered the administration to try to fix it, if we can not fix it, it will come out of it.” Everything here is straightforward enough, “Pompeo said.

Following discussions with Britain, Germany and France, Trump is going to announce, no later than May 12, whether he remains in the nuclear deal, which the “six” international mediators concluded with Iran in 2015, including the United States under the leadership of the previous President Barack Obama.

The deal, drawn up in the form of a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan, removed from Iran economic and financial sanctions from the UN Security Council, the United States and the European Union in exchange for limiting work in the nuclear field.