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Pence: Iran World’s Leading State Sponsor of Terrorism

Pence: Iran World’s Leading State Sponsor of Terrorism

Saturday, 16 February, 2019 - 17:45
US Vice President Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference. (AFP)
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US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated on Saturday his country’s accusations that Iran was the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, he called on European powers against undermining US sanctions on Tehran.

“The time has come from our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region, and the world the peace, security, and freedom they deserve,” he demanded.

"The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and with the Iranian people, our allies and friends in the region,” he stressed.

“Iran has supported terrorist proxies and militias, Hezbollah and Hamas; exported missiles; fueled conflicts in Syria and Yemen; plotted terrorist attacks on European soil,” Pence continued.

“Two years ago, President Donald Trump made his first overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, where he convened a historic gathering of leaders from 50 nations across the region at the Arab Islamic American Summit,” he said.

“As President Trump said then, and I quote, ‘The birthplace of civilization is waiting to begin a new renaissance.’ He challenged the nations gathered there to work together, as he said, to meet ‘history’s great test to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces’ of terrorism,” he stated.

“This week, it was our privilege to travel to Poland to meet with many of those same leaders who came together around that great purpose. We gathered to discuss our mutual commitment to confront Iran and make the Middle East safe for peace, prosperity and the advance of human rights,” he said.

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