Secretary of State Pompeo remarked that "the threats [faced by the U.S.] are much broader. It's not just to our elections, it's to our infrastructure, it's to our telecommunications networks, it's to our financial systems. We have a duty to protect it, but not just from the Russians either. The Chinese are active; the Iranians are active". He also noted that "the Iranians are providing support [to Maduro] in Venezuela today". Referring to the twelve U.S. demands originally articulated in May 2018, Pompeo asserted that "these are simply things about how nations ought to behave, and if Iran and its leadership can find its way there, we are happy to engage with them"; his judgement was that Iran was complying with "zero" of the dozen conditions.
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