Pompeo says US expects to trigger snapback on Iran soon

Update Pompeo says US expects to trigger snapback on Iran soon
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo meets with Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein(not shown) at the State Department in Washington, DC on August 19, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 19 August 2020

Pompeo says US expects to trigger snapback on Iran soon

Pompeo says US expects to trigger snapback on Iran soon
  • Pompeo called for the Baghdad government to redouble efforts to rein in pro-Iran militias
  • The US will submit a complaint to the UN Security Council about Iran's non-compliance with the nuclear deal

WASHINGTON: The United States is expecting to trigger snapback - a return of all US sanctions on Iran - soon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, after the UN Security Council rejected Washington's bid to extend an arms embargo on the country.
To trigger a return of the sanctions, the United States will submit a complaint to the 15-member UN Security Council about Iran's non-compliance with the nuclear deal, even though Washington quit the accord in 2018. 

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Pompeo also pledged that the Trump administration will continue to support Iraq as it confronts the threat posed by Daesh and called for the Baghdad government to redouble efforts to rein in pro-Iran militias.
Pompeo said the United States was committed to helping Iraq regain and maintain security, despite President Donald Trump’s oft-stated desire to reduce and then eliminate the American troop presence there. Pompeo spoke after talks with senior Iraqi officials and a day before a White House meeting between Trump and Iraq's prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi,
“There is still work to do," Pompeo told reporters at a State Department news conference with Iraq's foreign minister Fuad Hussein. "Armed groups not under the full control of the prime minister have impeded our progress. Those groups need to be replaced by local police as soon as possible. I assured Dr. Fuad that we could help and we would help.”