U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday warned Iran would face the “wrath of the entire world” if it continues to ramp up the nuclear program. In an interview with MSNBC, Pompeo said regardless of any commitments between Iran and other countries to stay in the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), “I hope they understand that if they begin to ramp up their nuclear program, the wrath of the entire world will fall upon them.” “Wholly separate from if they spin a couple of extra centrifuges, if they began to move to a weapons program, this is something the entire world would find unacceptable and we?’d end up down a path that I don?’t think is in the best interests of Iran,” Pompeo said.
However, the Secretary of State stopped short of saying the U.S. would take military action against the country. “When I say “wrath,” I mean the moral opprobrium and economic power that fell upon them. I?’m not talking to military action here. It?’s not in anyone?’s best interest for that,” said Pompeo, noting “But make no mistake, President Trump has been very clear: Iran will not get a nuclear weapon nor start its weapons program on this President?’s watch.” He dispelled concerns that the U.S. was separating from its allies on the issue of Iran, pointing to broad based support from allied countries in the region and in Europe and a “unified understanding” about the threat Iran poses. “They too understand the threat that Iran presents, whether it?’s malign activity with Hezbollah or in Yemen or in Syria or in Iraq, or its missile program that is launching missiles into airports that Westerners travel through,” Pompeo said. Asked whether Washington would do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Pompeo said: “President Trump has been unambiguous in his statements that say Iran will not be able to obtain a nuclear weapon.” Separately, Pompeo announced National Security Advisor John Bolton was traveling to Moscow for a meeting with his Russian counterpart on Sunday or Monday and hinted of a “likely” meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin “in the not too distant future following that meeting.” Trump and Putin are expected to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 11-12.
Source: Kuwait News Agency