The Trump administration unveiled its plan Monday to end “energy waivers” that effectively allowed eight foreign governments to purchase Iranian oil; a move designed to cripple the Islamic Republic’s major exporting sector.
“Any nation or entity interacting with Iran should do its diligence and air on the side of caution. The risks are simply not going to be worth the benefits,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: "Any nation or entity interacting with Iran should use its diligence and err on the side of caution. The risks are simply not going to be worth the benefits." https://t.co/gHGaLyQfpf pic.twitter.com/GxSa2VgZly
— The Hill (@thehill) April 22, 2019
“Saudi Arabia and others in OPEC will more than make up the Oil Flow difference in our now Full Sanctions on Iranian Oil. Iran is being given VERY BAD advice by @JohnKerry and people who helped him lead the U.S. into the very bad Iran Nuclear Deal,” posted President Trump on social media moments after the announcement.
'IT WAS IRAN': Israel Says TEHRAN Behind Gaza Mortar Barrage
Israeli officials publicly blamed Iran for the recent mortar attack on southern Israel Wednesday, saying Tehran was the “culprit” behind the barrage that included 180 Iranian-manufactured shells.
According to the Jerusalem Post, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis confirmed the mortar shells were produced inside the Islamic Republic and smuggled into the region by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
“Despite Israel’s intelligence superiority over terror groups, as well a blockade imposed both by the IDF and Egypt, Hamas and other terror groups in the Strip have restocked their supply of weapons in the four years since the last round of fighting between Israel and Hamas,” writes the Post.
“The mass-produced Iranian mortar shells used in Tuesday’s salvos were also used by Islamic Jihad in an attack in January and in a barrage 12 mortar shells fired toward an army outpost in November,” adds the author.
The revelation raises new questions over Iran’s influence in the region as the United States urges western allies and other nations to help clampdown on Tehran’s nuclear program.
BUSTED! Trump MOCKS the NY TIMES for ‘Missing’ Pompeo Story
President Trump called out the New York Times during his early morning meeting with recently released American prisoners Thursday, joking with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the newspaper “couldn’t find him” during his trip to North Korea.
The President was referring to an article in the Times that mocked Pompeo for being “thousands of miles away” while the President announced his decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement.
It became clear within hours that the Secretary of State was “missing” due to his trip to North Korea to secure the release of American prisoners.
“I think our Secretary of State, despite the fact the New York Times said he was missing, he was in North Korea. I think our Secretary of State did a fantastic job,” said Trump.
“Mike, did you know that you were missing? They couldn’t find you,” he joked. “They couldn’t find him. They couldn’t find him because he was in North Korea.”
Watch the President’s comments above.