US war hawk repeats anti-Iran claims on MidEast tour

Press TV – American war hawk Mike Pompeo is repeating false allegations against Iran during his first tour to the Middle East as the secretary of state.

The former CIA chief met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday, less than a week after being sworn in as the secretary of state.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (R) embraces US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a joint press briefing at the Royal airport in the capital Riyadh on April 29, 2018.

He also took the chance to slam the Iran nuclear deal, an international agreement back by US allies, including Britain, France and Germany.

He threatened that US President Donald Trump would withdraw from the JCPOA “if we can’t fix it.”

Netanyahu also repeated the false accusation that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.

“Iran must be stopped,” said the Israeli premier. “Its quest for nuclear bombs must be stopped. Its aggression must be stopped.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) arrive for a joint press conference in Tel Aviv on April 29, 2018.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Tehran will “mostly likely” abandon the agreement should the United States choose to withdraw from it.

Just like Trump, Pompeo has included Saudi Arabia and Israel as his first destinations as a May 12 deadline looms for the US to announce its stance on the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.

Trump has so far failed to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to pull out of the historic deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.