Iran wants to acquire intercontinental ballistic missiles in order to “hold the whole world hostage,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. With this statement he made on Thursday, July 9.
“They (Iranians. – Ed.) Continue to develop their missile program in violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231. For this reason, we consider it very important that the world join together to extend the arms embargo [to Tehran], which expires in just a few months, mid-october. We believe that this would be tragically dangerous for the region and create instability in the Middle East, ”TASS quoted him as saying.
Pompeo expressed the view that Iran intends to create military potential, thanks to which it can not only destroy air defense systems in the region, but also strike at nearby territories. The Secretary of State added that the US space program is related to military development.
“They (Iranians. – Ed.), Of course, argue that the program has a civilian focus, designed to launch [into space] commercial satellites. But I think the international community is smarter and understands that this program is deeply connected with their (Iranians. – Ed.) Desire to possess missile systems of ever greater range so that the whole world can be held hostage, ”Pompeo emphasized.
In early May, Pompeo announced that Washington would seek an extension of the arms embargo at the UN on Iran and would use all diplomatic capabilities to do so.
On May 27, he said that the United States authorities are giving Iran two months to complete nuclear projects, after which they will be sanctioned.
In 2015, Iran, the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany signed a joint comprehensive action plan (JCPOA). The document implies the lifting of sanctions against Tehran in exchange for the cessation of nuclear development.
In 2018, the American side withdrew from the treaty, restored some sanctions against Iran and introduced new ones. A year later, the President of the Islamic Republic, Hassan Rouhani, announced that Tehran was suspending part of its obligations under the nuclear deal.