United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took to twitter to directly challenge Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei to spend on Iranian people, not terrorists.
“Iran should decide if spending the Iranian people’s money on the Iranian people is more important than inventing schemes to fund Assad, Hezballah, Hamas, and other terrorists,” Pompeo wrote.
His response came after the US moved to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that sent millions of barrels of oil to Syria and hundreds of millions of dollars to indirectly fund militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.
“The US Treasury sends a clear message: There are grave consequences for anyone shipping oil to Syria, or trying to evade US sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s terrorist activities,” he added in another tweet.
US officials said Russia facilitated the delivery of oil from Iran to Syria, and that a variety of mechanisms were used in an attempt to conceal the shipments and oil-related payments.