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UAE strongly supports President Trump’s new Iran strategy

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The United Arab Emirates strongly supports President Trump’s new strategy to address the full range of Iran’s destructive actions.

In a statement released Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said: For too long, the Iranian regime has spread destruction and chaos throughout the region and beyond. The nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – offered Iran an opportunity to engage responsibly with the international community. Instead, it only emboldened Iran to intensify its provocative and destabilizing behavior.

Importantly, the new US strategy takes necessary steps to confront Iran’s malign behavior in all its forms – including its growing ballistic missile program, support for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and the Houthis, cyber attacks, interference in its neighbors’ domestic affairs, and threats to the freedom of navigation.

Commenting on the announcement UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash said that the premise that the JCPOA would moderate Iran's policy has been a total falsehood. "Iran remains a major source of regional instability".

The UAE added in their statement that the US Treasury Department’s designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is a strong measure that will help limit Iran’s dangerous activities as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism.

The Ministry concluded its statement by saying: The UAE welcomes and endorses the new US strategy. We reaffirm our commitment to working with the US and our allies to counter the full range of Iran’s destabilizing activities and its support for extremists.

(WAM)