Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTibetan Political Leader Visits White House for the First Time in Six Decades At least 8 Killed, 30 Wounded in Kabul Rocket Attack The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Pence MORE said Sunday that there would be no shift in U.S. policy toward Iran in the remaining months of President Trumpmandate in the White House.
In an interview with Dubai-based Saudi television station Al-Arabiya, Pompeo said the Trump administration’s policy, which identified Iran as “the central threat within the region,” remains unchanged, according to the Associated Press.
“It will be our policy until our time is up,” said the secretary, who, like other members of the president’s inner circle, has not recognized the president-elect. Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign documents for new recount in Georgia GOP senator congratulates Biden says Trump must accept results Judge rejects Trump camp Pennsylvania trial in harsh verdict MOREvictory in the 2020 election.
“Our policies are not changing. Our duty does not change. My responsibility does not change, ”he continued. “I still have an obligation – every hour, every minute – to defend the American people and keep them first and foremost in our efforts, and we do. We do it at the last minute. ”
Biden has stated that he will offer Iran’s leadership “a credible path back to diplomacy” if Iran returns to compliance with the nuclear deal reached during the Obama administration in 2015. His policy is a sharp departure from the current president who withdrew the United States from the agreement and has instructed his administration to pursue a sanctions campaign called “maximum pressure” directed at the Iranian government and nuclear program.
The United States and Iran have apparently been on the brink of direct military conflict several times during Trump’s time in the White House, including at a time in 2019, when Iranians forced a US surveillance drone across the Strait of Hormuz and after the United States killed General Qassem Soleimani, chief of Iran’s Quds Force, in a Baghdad drone strike in January.