Pompeo testifies on US policy on Iran, Iraq and use of force – 2/28/2020
The secretary of state compared the situation with relations with North Korea, which recently released three Americans from custody.
WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged to bring home the American hostages in Iran, stating that “the entire US government” is “diligently” working on this, using “all the ways” and “mechanisms”.
“Yesterday I mentioned several names. There are others in the world that I did not mention in yesterday’s speech, “the head of American diplomacy said at his first briefing at the State Department..
In his first major foreign policy speech on Monday, Pompeo noted that Iran did not release the Americans in custody, including Baker Namazi, Siamak Namazi, Xiyue Wang and Bob Levinson, even as US sanctions against Iran were lifted under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal..
Pompeo likened the situation to the “cool relationship” between the US and North Korea a few months ago. Pyongyang recently released three Americans from custody.
“We are working diligently in every direction that we can use to get these people back home, back to their families,” he said in response to a Voice of America question..
The families of several American hostages worry that the US decision to withdraw from the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program will complicate efforts to get their families home.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced that Washington was withdrawing from an agreement officially called the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan.. In accordance with this pact, Iran agreed to take a number of steps to limit its nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.
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