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Pompeo warns Iran to avoid ‘wrath of the entire world’ and not pursue nukes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press after meeting with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, on the South Lawn of the White House Friday, June 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
June 26, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently voiced his disapproval of Iran pursuing nuclear weapons.

He emphasized in an interview with political columnist Hugh Hewitt that seeking nuclear arms would not be in Iran’s best interest, and that he hopes that the United States would never have to take military action against the country.

“I hope they understand that if they begin to ramp up their nuclear program, the wrath of the entire world will fall upon them. Wholly separate from if they spin a couple of extra centrifuges, if they began to move to a weapons program, this is something the entire world would find unacceptable, and we’d end up down a path that I don’t think is in the best interests of Iran,” Pompeo said.

During the interview, Pompeo reiterated his desire to not take military action against Iran.

“When I say wrath, don’t confuse that with military action. When I say wrath, I mean the moral opprobrium and economic power that fell upon them. That’s what I’m speaking to. I’m not talking to military action here. I truly hope that that’s never the case. It’s not in anyone’s best interests for that,” he said.

Pompeo is confident that under the leadership of President Donald Trump, Iran will not be acquiring any nuclear weapons.

“President Trump has been unambiguous in his statements that say Iran will not be able to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo said.

In early May, President Trump announced his plan to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.

“This will make America safer. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsors of terror. The deal’s inspection provisions lack adequate mechanisms to prevent, detect and punish cheating, and don’t even have the unqualified right to inspect many locations, including military facilities,” Trump said.

Trump felt that the deal was harmful to the U.S. because it was putting the country in a position of being “held hostage to nuclear blackmail.”

The State Department is committed to ensuring that Iran will never obtain nuclear weapons.

“As we exit the Iran deal, we will be working with our allies to find a real, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Iranian threat. We have a shared interest with our allies in Europe and around the world to prevent Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo said.