The Washington Post | Carol Morello: The nomination of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state signals President Trump’s determination to quit the landmark Iran nuclear deal, which could cause it to unravel, according to national security and arms-control experts.
If Pompeo is confirmed, Trump will have at his side an adviser who is equally as hard line on Iran and a harsh critic of the 2015 multilateral agreement between the United States and other world powers.
“Now you have the appointment of someone who has made it an article of faith that the Iran deal is a bad deal that needs to be ripped up,” said Robert Malley, president of the International Crisis Group who helped broker the Iran negotiations under the Obama administration. “It may well be the first casualty of Tillerson’s ousting will be the end of the Iran deal.”
Pompeo has frequently expressed scorn for Iran, which he once characterized as “a thuggish police state” and a “despotic theocracy.” Just before Trump named him to head the CIA, Pompeo tweeted that he looked forward to “rolling back” the nuclear deal, which he called “disastrous.”
As secretary of state, it will fall to Pompeo to certify whether Iran is meeting its nuclear commitments under the deal, as required every 90 days under U.S. law.