Pom­peo says US stands with Is­raelis, Saudis against Iran

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NATION+WORLD -

U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo on Sun­day ratch­eted up the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s rhetoric against Iran and gave warm boosts of sup­port to Is­rael and Saudi Ara­bia in their stand­offs with Tehran.

Pom­peo’s com­ments in Riyadh and then Tel Aviv came as he neared the end of the Mid­dle East leg of his first trip abroad as Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat. He has called for con­certed in­ter­na­tional ac­tion to pun­ish Iran for its mis­sile pro­grams.

The tough line was wel­comed by his hosts, par­tic­u­larly in Is­rael, which con­sid­ers Iran its great­est threat and has led calls for the West to re­vise or re­ject the 2015 nu­clear deal with Iran.

“We re­main deeply con­cerned about Iran’s dan­ger­ous es­ca­la­tion of threats to Is­rael and the re­gion and Iran’s am­bi­tion to dom­i­nate the Mid­dle East re­mains,” Pom­peo said af­ter a nearly two-hour meet­ing with Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

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