Pompeo: Nuclear deal increased terrorism, malign behavior from Iranians

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that all kinds of bad things happened during the nuclear deal and that it increased terrorism and led to a radical increase in malign behavior from the Iranians.

In an interview to CNBC, Pompeo said: “there were more missile launches and a radical increase in malign behavior from Iranians toward entities that range from the Houthis to Hezbollah,” Pompeo said.

“All of that occurred while we were in the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], and President Trump is determined to change that behavior from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said.

During the interview, Pompeo said that the European partners are important allies with respect to Iran.

“When we talk about threats of terror, and we talk about threats of destabilization, and we understand the risk from Hezbollah and the Houthis and from Iraqi militias under Iranian control and not under the control of the Iraqi Government, which is what we want, I think the Europeans understand and they share our concerns”.

On Iraq, Secretary Pompeo said that their intention is to help the Iraqis with the needs that they have.

“ISIS still remains in Iraq. We have forces on the ground there working to help the Iraqi Security Forces stand up and rebuild themselves so that we can continue to keep ISIS risk at bay,” he said.

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