En­voy: U.S. to con­test Iran ac­tiv­i­ties in re­gion

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

BEIRUT >> Wash­ing­ton will fo­cus on pres­sur­ing Iran fi­nan­cially and con­test­ing its ac­tiv­i­ties in Syria, Iraq and Ye­men where the Per­sian na­tion en­joys broad in­flu­ence, the U.S. en­voy to Syria said Wed­nes­day, adding that Tehran should even­tu­ally with­draw all Iran-com­manded forces from Syria.

Am­bas­sador James Jef­frey told a group of jour­nal­ists via a tele­phone con­fer­ence that Iran’s 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump pulled Amer­ica out of in May had a bad ef­fect on Iran’s be­hav­ior that “ac­cel­er­ated its ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Iran en­joys in­flu­ence in sev­eral coun­tries in the re­gion where it backs wellarmed mili­tias that are de­ployed in Syria, Iraq, Le­banon and Ye­men. Speak­ing about Iran’s fu­ture in Syria, Jef­frey said: “Ira­ni­ans are part of the prob­lem not part of the so­lu­tion.”

Jef­frey said the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is now fo­cus­ing on putting fi­nan­cial pres­sure on Iran and “se­condly con­test­ing more ac­tively Iran’s ac­tiv­i­ties par­tic­u­larly in Iraq, Syria and Ye­men.”

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