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Pompeo Urges Europe to Get Tough Regarding Iran’s Malign Behavior

Iran Focus

London, 14 July - Following a summit of NATO leaders 0n Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pom-peo met with leaders of European nations, and pressed them to get tough on Iran by cutting off all funding the country may use to foment instability in the Middle East and beyond. He urged them to to join a U.S.-led economic pressure campaign against Tehran, and clamp down on Iranian "terrorism and proxy wars".

Prior to the talks, Pompeo posted on Twitter: “We ask our allies and partners to join our economic pressure campaign against Iran, we must cut off all funding Iran uses to fund terrorism and proxy wars. There's no telling when Iran may try to foment ter-rorism, violence & instability in one of our countries next." Along with the tweet was a map that outlined Iran’s sponsoring of at least 11 terrorist attacks in Europe since 1978.

Iran’s Harassment of US Navy Halted Under existing administration

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London, 7 July - U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf were consistently harassed until the Trump administration took over, a Navy spokesman said.

Over a 20-month period starting in January 2016, the Iranians averaged 2.5 “unsafe and/or unprofessional interactions” monthly, according to 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Chloe Morgan.

At around that same time, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) detained a pair U.S. Navy riverine command boats belonging to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.

Newt Gingrich

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London, 6 July - Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has demanded that European countries cut their shameful business ties with the Iranian mullahs and help the US to overthrow the Regime, during a speech at the Free Iran rally in Paris this weekend.

Donald Trump ended US business dealings with Iran back in May, when he pulled out of the fatally flawed 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed strict sanctions of the mullahs as part of an effort to bring political change to Iran.

Since then, he has warned China and India against continuing to buy Iranian oil lest they come under sanctions themselves.

Mike Pompeo

Iran Focus

London, 6 July - According to a statement from the State Department, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo will “travel to Abu Dhabi from July 9-10, where he will meet with UAE leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen the US-UAE partnership and advance our common security and economic priorities.”

Expected discussion will include the US pressure campaign on Iran, its role in Yemen, and Persian Gulf security. UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met Pompeo in Washington last month, but this is the secretary’s first trip to Abu Dhabi as Secretary of State.

Iran Reopens Uranium Plant in Isfahan and has Re-Started Production

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London, 4 July - Although Iran has pledged to keep to the terms of the country’s landmark nuclear deal, even after U.S. President Trump pulled America out of the accord, its officials say that it has restarted production at the Isfahan plant, which produces materials needed to make enriched uranium.

This appears to be a warning that is aimed at pressuring Europeans and others to come up with the means to circumvent the new American sanctions.

Many international organizations are pulling back from deals with Tehran and the country’s currency has faced an enormous drop against the dollar.

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