United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday urged the international community to step up pressure on the Iranian regime until it stops its “destabilizing behavior.”
In a tweet, Secretary Pompeo wrote: “The clock is ticking. Time remaining before the UN arms embargo on Iran expires and Qasem Soleimani’s travel ban ends. We urge our allies and partners to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it stops its destabilizing behavior.”
The clock is ticking. Time remaining before the UN arms embargo on Iran expires and Qasem Soleimani’s travel ban ends. We urge our allies and partners to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it stops its destabilizing behavior. https://t.co/oxsXNiJ4Q3 pic.twitter.com/o4HpES3GKs
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 12, 2019
That tweet included a link to an announcement on the U.S. State Department website which reiterated that Iran’s regime is the “world’s leading state sponsor of terror.”
“For over 40 years their malign behavior and support for terrorist proxies has spread uncurbed,” the State Department pointed out.
“The implementation of the JCPOA, informally known as the “2015 Iran Nuclear Deal” has placed even more resources and money at the regime’s disposal, furthering the reach and aggression of their malign activities. This is why the United States left the JCPOA and implemented decisive sanctions to curb the regime’s ability to fund terror”, the State Department said.
“However, time is running out on international agreements restraining the Iranian regime. For example, the head of the brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, will be allowed to travel on October 18, 2020. Soon after, the Iranian regime will also be free to sell weapons to anyone, including terrorist proxies, and countries like Russia and China will be able to sell the Iranian regime tanks, missiles, and air defense equipment. This could start a new arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize the region and the world.”
“The international community must stand together against the Iranian regime’s support for terror. Time is ticking,” the State Department added.