Washington 0
31 January 2019

Following President Trump's tweets suggesting the U.S. intelligence was "passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran",  Secretary Pomepo opined that "the intelligence supports that Iran presents a real risk and that they have the capability to enrich nuclear material, fissile material. They have increasing capabilities and continue to work towards improving their missile program". Pompeo went on to note that in mid-January Iran "attempted to launch a space launch vehicle, which certainly would help them deliver on their missile program. These are all components that lead us to a place where they could one day have a system that threatens America, and President Trump has made clear we're not going to tolerate that". 

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