US's Pompeo: Current nuclear agreement not enough to curb Iran's ways

Apr 30, 2018, 02:13
US's Pompeo: Current nuclear agreement not enough to curb Iran's ways

Pompeo also addressed the rift between some Gulf countries and Qatar: "Gulf unity is necessary and we need to achieve it".

Pompeo told North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels on Saturday that unless a substantial fix is made, the U.S.is unlikely to remain in the deal.

Israel has called for tough global action against Iran, citing its hostile rhetoric, support for anti-Israel militant groups and development of long-range missiles. Qatar denies the charge.

President TrumpDonald John Trump7 targets Michelle Wolf took aim at during the White House correspondents' dinner North Korea says it will dismantle nuclear test site next month: report President of White House Correspondents Association defends journalism after Trump attacks MORE on Saturday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about concerns regarding Iran as the USA considers withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump has until May 12 to decide whether to continue waiving sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Some officials within the Saudi bloc accused him of siding with the Qataris because of his former energy ties to the gas-rich country.

Upon landing in Israel, the Secretary of State was greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. "A strong cooperation with strong allies like you is critical to countering Iran's destabilizing and malign ambitions", Pompeo said, adding that the U.S. "was with Israel in this fight" and that "we strongly support Israel's right to defend itself".

After Saudi Arabia, Pompeo goes to Israel and Jordan.

"We remain deeply concerned about Iran's unsafe escalation of threats towards Israel and the region", Pompeo said during comments alongside Netanyahu.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of Gulf states against the Houthi rebels in Northern Yemen, after the rebels drove out the US-backed and pro-Saudi government.

He also said that Iran disturbs the security of the region through arming the Houthi rebels in Yemen, highlighting that the nuclear deal had failed to correct Iran's violating moves in Yemen. "They said, "Great, we will support you if you get the fixes". But he said unless substantial changes are made, it is "unlikely" Trump will remain in the deal. It said they agreed that the deal should remain intact, even while addressing shortcomings.

On 14 May comes the US Embassy move, marking a significant shift in decades of American policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during recent protests along the border between Israel and Gaza.

Earlier this month, Jubeir said Saudi Arabia would be prepared to send troops into Syria under the US -led coalition if a decision is taken to widen it.

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