U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says if Iranian leaders settle for U.S. calls for to behave like a traditional nation, People will go to Iran and deal with it as a good friend.
In an unique interview with VOA’s Persian service broadcast Friday, Pompeo stated the aim of the brand new Iran technique that he revealed earlier this week is to set circumstances for Iran’s Islamist rulers to behave like “regular leaders.” Chatting with VOA on the State Division on Thursday, he stated “regular” leaders don’t loot from their folks or waste their cash on “adventures” in Syria and Yemen, as he put it.
“If we are able to create circumstances the place [Iran’s leaders] will cease that [behavior], the Iranian folks could have nice success, and we could have People visiting there, and we could have all the nice issues that we do when there are associates and allies,” Pompeo stated.
The highest U.S. diplomat elaborated on one of many 12 circumstances from his technique speech by saying Iran ought to enable the Worldwide Atomic Power Company to examine army websites and analysis laboratories. Within the Might 21 speech, he had referred to as for the IAEA to have unqualified entry to “all websites all through the complete nation.”
In his VOA Persian interview, Pompeo additionally expanded on the U.S. demand for Iran to finish threats to destroy Israel and finish different threatening behaviors towards neighboring states. He stated Iranian leaders shouldn’t solely cease encouraging public chants of “Loss of life to Israel,” but in addition “Loss of life to America.”
“When you will have senior leaders [and] others fomenting these type of faux gatherings to do nothing however … chant, ‘Loss of life to America’ or ‘Loss of life to Israel,’ the Iranian management should cease … as a result of it’s not the suitable factor for his or her folks,” he stated.
Pompeo reiterated that the U.S. doesn’t search regime change in Iran and suggested exiled Iranian opposition teams not to take action, both. “We are not looking for them advocating for regime change,” he stated. Pompeo stated that so long as such teams are working towards the identical targets because the U.S., he welcomes their efforts.
However, Pompeo stated some “smaller” opposition teams haven’t at all times aligned themselves with U.S. targets, with out naming which teams he was referring to. “We wish them engaged on behalf of the Iranian folks, bizarre Iranian residents who need nothing greater than to stay their lives, to have the ability to take their hijab off, to have the ability to go to work and lift their households and worship in the best way they wish to worship.”
Pompeo stated the Trump administration will assist congressional efforts to go laws that might attempt to expose the hidden wealth of high Iranian leaders, whose many critics inside Iran view as corrupt.
“The Iranian folks deserve the reality. You’ve got senior leaders which can be pocketing cash, utilizing companies which can be nominally fronts, and admittedly, simply stealing. To the extent we are able to show that and reveal that, I might welcome the possibility to show it so the Iranian folks can choose for themselves whether or not these are the people they wish to lead their nation,” he stated.
The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act would require the U.S. Treasury Secretary to publish experiences in regards to the estimated monetary property of senior Iranian leaders suspected of corruption. The invoice handed the Home in December and has been taken up by a Senate committee.
Pompeo additionally stated the State Division is working “each day” to attempt to carry dwelling Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared March 9, 2007, whereas visiting Iran’s Kish Island as a non-public investigator.
“As for different People [detained in Iran], we hope that the Iranian management [President Hassan] Rouhani, [Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad] Zarif, [Supreme Leader] Ayatollah [Ali Khamenei] all would see that it’s of their finest pursuits — and for nothing greater than fundamental humanity — to permit these harmless People to return to their households.”
This report was produced in collaboration with VOA’s Persian Service.