After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech, “After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy”, at the Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C, on May 21, 2018.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech, “After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy”, at the Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C, on May 21, 2018.

After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

On May 21, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks at The Heritage Foundation titled "After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy." He outlined the way forward following the President’s decision to withdraw from participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In his first major foreign policy address as Secretary of State, Pompeo presented a roadmap to achieve a new security framework that counters the Iranian regime’s malign activities in the region, blocks their financing of terror, and addresses Iran’s proliferation of missiles and other advanced weapons systems that threaten peace and stability.

Here are some highlights from the Secretary’s remarks:

The JCPOA Had Fatal Flaws

The Secretary stated that the JCPOA had fatal flaws, including weak sunset provisions that merely delayed the inevitable nuclear weapons capability of the Iranian regime.

The JCPOA Did Not Make the Middle East More Stable

Secretary Pompeo highlighted the many shortcomings of the JCPOA saying, “the bet that the JCPOA would increase Middle East stability was a bad one for America, for Europe, for the Middle East, and indeed for the entire world. It is clear that the JCPOA has not ended Iran’s nuclear ambitions, nor did it deter its quest for a regional hegemony. Iran’s leaders saw the deal as the starting gun for the march across the Middle East.”

The Path Forward: Executing President Trump’s Iran Strategy

Secretary Pomeo laid out the path forward saying, “America’s commitment to the Iran strategy President Trump laid down in October remains. It will now be executed outside of the JCPOA.”

Our Goal: Protecting the American People

Secretary Pompeo reiterated, “As President Trump said two weeks ago, he is ready, willing, and able to negotiate a new deal. But the deal is not the objective. Our goal is to protect the American people.”

A Message to the Iranian People

As he concluded, the Secretary urged Iranian leaders to change course in the interests of the Iranian people, who long to pursue the freedoms and opportunities of the 21st century. <

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