Netanyahu praises Pompeo’s firm speech on Iran


WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Pompeo had outlined a “very strong position” welcomed by Israel. Earlier Monday, Pompeo issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump.

Pompeo said Iran would have to stop the enrichment of uranium and withdraw its forces from Syria. He warned of “the strongest sanctions in history” if Iran doesn’t change course.

Netanyahu says, “We believe it’s the only policy that can ultimately guarantee the security of the Middle East and peace in our region.” Netanyahu called for other countries to follow America’s lead.

Pompeo on Monday called for a stronger nuclear agreement with Iran following the US withdrawal from the 2015 deal.

He says if a deal was reached that satisfies the Trump administration, the US would be willing to lift all economic sanctions. He says the US would restore full diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran and allow it to access advanced technology.