Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that there was no chance for world stability in the Middle East unless the Iranian regime changed its behavior.
The world must unite around the central idea that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the greatest threat, ”Pompeo told“ Sunday Morning Futures ”. “And when this regime changes its behavior, we have the opportunity to create real global stability in the region.”
“This is what we are working on. This is what President Trump asked us to do. And now, three years later, we can show the fruits of that effort, ”he added.
US OFFICIALS TO ADVANCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UN SANCTIONS ON IRAN
The Trump administration took action against Iran this week, saying there will be “consequences” for United Nations member countries that violate the arms embargo that was set to expire on October 18.
“UN sanctions have been reinstated, putting another growing strain on the ability of the Islamic Republic of Iran to create damage in the Middle East,” Pompeo said. “The previous agreement which secretary [of State John] Kerry and vice president [Joe] Biden signed to allow the Iranians on October 18, in just a few weeks, to smuggle arms again. It’s crazy, absolutely crazy, and we stopped that. We arrested him last night with action at the United Nations. ”
Pompeo also said on Sunday that more Middle Eastern countries would follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel.
“There will be other countries that will make the right decision to recognize that Israel has the right to exist, and they will want to do business with them and will want to connect with them and want their people to have exchanges,” he said. declared Pompeo. “I saw the number of exchanges on LinkedIn between the UAE and Israel – out of this world the day after this announcement. The people of these countries understand that this historic rejection of Israel and its right to exist was not the right thing to do. “
President Trump on Tuesday declared “the dawn of a new Middle East” by presiding over the signing of two historic diplomatic agreements in the Middle East between Israel and the two Gulf countries.
Pompeo described the Trump administration as taking a “fundamentally different approach” to foreign policy in the Middle East.
“The establishment policy in the Middle East was that you had to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians first,” Pompeo said. “The president quickly realized that the real threat to these countries was the Islamic Republic of Iran, so we reversed the rhetoric. We worked to form a coalition to get the Gulf states to work together, to convince them that they could in fact work. alongside and in partnership and trade with the State of Israel. ”
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Fox News’ Caitlin McFall and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.