Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that “the focus of our campaign of maximum diplomatic isolation, economic pressure and military deterrence remains on changing this regime’s behaviour. While it is up to the Iranian people to determine the future course of their nation, the U.S. will continue to stand with them and echo their calls for justice and accountability”. Pompeo went on to emphasise that “the U.S. is committed to ensuring that Iran is not able to buy and sell weapons, which only helps the regime continue to destabilise the region, bring about more violence and prolong conflict and suffering… The [UN] arms embargo, as well as the travel ban on Iran’s worst agents of terror, cannot be allowed to expire. The Security Council needs to extend these restrictions, so long as Iran’s behaviour continues”. He also stated that “the U.S. seeks a deal with Iran that comprehensively addresses the regime’s destabilising behaviour [not just its nuclear program but also its missile program], support for terrorist proxies and malign regional activities”.
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