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May 22, 2018 2:39 pm

Day After Pompeo Unveils Strategy to ‘Crush’ Tehran Regime, Trump Administration Keeps Up Heat on Iran

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A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Sept. 27, 2017. Photo: Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi / TIMA via Reuters.

A day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled a strategy to “crush” the Tehran regime with economic and military pressure unless it changes its behavior, top Trump administration officials stayed on message on Tuesday with a series of tough declarations.

Vice President Mike Pence said America stood “with the people of Iran.”

“The people of Iran deserve better than a regime that sponsors terrorism across the region,” he tweeted. “And they deserve better than a regime that continues to focus resources on threatening the world.”

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tweeted that Pompeo and President Donald Trump were “right about Iran.”

“The outlaw regime must be pressured to stop its support for terrorism and its threats to multiple American allies and interests,” she said. “Past policies on Iran have clearly failed.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted, “The Iran deal was one of the worst deals in history and didn’t guarantee the safety of Americans. That’s why @POTUS terminated it. Media said we had no plan. Wrong! @SecPompeo unveiled our new Iran strategy yesterday. @POTUS will ensure Iran has no path to a nuclear weapon.”

Meanwhile, an unnamed senior Trump administration official told The Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday that Pompeo had “made a strong statement of solidarity with the Iranian people, who are the traditional friends of the American people, and who have suffered too long under this autocratic theocracy that is preventing Iran from a secure and prosperous future as a welcomed member of the international community.”

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