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Pence Condemns Iran for ‘Evil’ Inflicted on Middle East

Pence Condemns Iran for ‘Evil’ Inflicted on Middle East

Thursday, 14 February, 2019 - 19:30
US Vice President Mike Pence delivers a speech during the Middle East summit in Warsaw, Poland, February 14, 2019. (Reuters)
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US Vice President Mike Pence condemned on Thursday Iran’s malicious behavior in the region and world, urging European countries to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

"Freedom-loving nations must stand together and hold the Iranian regime accountable for the evil and violence it has inflicted on its people, on the region and the wider world," he told a Middle East conference held in Warsaw.

He accused Iran of plotting a "new Holocaust" due to its regional ambitions.

Moreover, he demanded that Europeans follow Washington’s lead and withdraw from the nuclear deal and join in seeking to cripple the regime.

Pence took direct aim at allies Britain, France and Germany, denouncing their new initiative to let European companies operate in Iran in defiance of unilateral US sanctions.

"It's an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU and creates still more distance between Europe and the United States," he told foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries.

"The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us," he said.

Pence threatened further US sanctions as "the people of Iran take to the streets" and its "economy continues to plummet".

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, made a rare public appearance at the Warsaw meeting to brief countries on plans for an elusive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

He plans to present a package after Israel holds elections on April 9.

At the conference, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a new era of cooperation on the Middle East and said no country could afford to stay on the sidelines in tackling regional challenges.

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