US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on world leaders to stand together against Iran’s regime supporting terror this week.
In a stark message Pompeo pointed out the “time is ticking” as restrictive agreements holding back Iran expire in 15 months.
To highlight the urgency Pompeo posted a countdown clock on the State Department website.
“The Islamic regime in Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror,” the message said. “For over 40 years their malign behaviour and support for terrorist proxies has spread uncurbed.”
The statement condemned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015.
In a blunt warning to leaders the nuclear deal offered “more resources and money at the regime’s disposal, furthering the reach and aggression of their malign activities”.
The statement continued, “This is why the United States left the JCPOA and implemented decisive sanctions to curb the regime’s ability to fund terror.”
“Time is running out on international agreements restraining the Iranian regime.”
Information pointed out that Qasem Soleimani, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps head can again travel by 18th October 2020.
The statement added, “Soon after, the Iranian regime will also be free to sell weapons to anyone, including terrorist proxies, and countries like Russia and China will be able to sell the Iranian regime tanks, missiles, and air defense equipment.
“This could start a new arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize the region and the world.”
“Time is ticking,” it concluded.
Tensions have increased between the US and Iran since President Donald Trump’s administration withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018.
By Howard Lawrence