Pompeo says US will befriend Iran if they follow 12 demands

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The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Americans will be welcoming towards Iran if they accept the 12 demands that he listed in his speech at the Heritage Foundation last week, and if they “behave like a normal nation”.

In an exclusive interview with VOA’s Persian service broadcast, Pompeo said that the main objective of the new Iran strategy that he spoke about in his speech is to set some conditions for Iran’s rulers to act and behave like “normal leaders”.

“If we can create conditions where [Iran's leaders] will stop that [behavior], the Iranian people will have great success, and we will have Americans visiting there, and we will have all the great things that we do when there are friends and allies,” Pompeo tols VOA’s interviewer.

He added that Iran should allow for the inspection of their military sites and research laboratories, which is just one of the 12 conditions he cited from the strategy speech.

He also mentions in the interview that chants like ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America’ should end and so should this public display of the chants.

Pompeo also assured Iran that the United States is not seeking a change in regime, and advised the same to exiled groups.

“We do not want them advocating for regime change,” Pompeo said in the interview.

He also stated that any effort that would try and expose the corrupt government officials residing within the Iranian government will be met with support from the Trump administration.

“The Iranian people deserve the truth. You have senior leaders that are pocketing money, using businesses that are nominally fronts, and frankly, just stealing. To the extent we can prove that and demonstrate that, I would welcome the chance to expose it so the Iranian people can judge for themselves whether these are the individuals they want to lead their country,” he said.

The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act passed the US House of Representatives in December and is now being taken up by a senate committee. This act would make it mandatory for the US treasury secretary to publish financial reports on senior Iranian leaders that are suspected of corruption.

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