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US, allies aim to show Iran “real high cost” of ‘malign behavior’ – Pompeo

The United States and its Gulf allies intend to show the Iranian regime’s ‘malign behavior’ in the region “has a real high cost,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted Tuesday.

During a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Pompeo told Sky News Arabia the US and its “wonderful partners” in the region are working to push back against “Iranian malign behavior,” with a “broad range, a series of sanctions aimed at the singular mission of convincing the Iranian regime that its malign behavior is unacceptable and has a real high cost for them.

“The one that we are most focused on today is … that we deny Iran the financial capacity to continue this bad behavior,” he said.

Pompeo’s visit to the Middle East comes amid threats by Tehran to halt oil exports from the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil choke-point, if the US renews sanctions on Iran.

In a separate interview with the National, Pompeo responded to Tehran’s threat, saying “The US has made very clear we’re going to make sure that the sea lanes remain open. It’s been a longstanding US policy and we’re prepared to make sure that that happens.” The US and its allies intend to hold Iran’s leadership accountable for destabilizing the region, using ‘varied tools’ including diplomacy, economic sanctions and more harsh measures if necessary, Pompeo asserted.

“It’s also the case that we will be prepared to make sure that when Iran does things like launch missiles that come here (UAE) or go to Riyadh, that we’re prepared to defend the region as well militarily,” he said.

“These sanctions are returning. And I am convinced that the combined effort of the Gulf states and the US and the Europeans will ultimately achieve a good outcome and convince the Iranian people that this is not the kind of activity their government ought to be involved with,” Pompeo asserted.

Source: Kuwait News Agency