Pompeo’s ‘Plan B’ on Iran: Accurate Diagnosis, Inadequate Cure

In an audacious speech before the Heritage Foundation on May 21, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a litany of complaints about the nuclear deal with Iran that accurately reflected some of its gaps, but offered no realistic remedies.

Pompeo’s prescription to achieve his “Plan B”—“unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime”—is unlikely to achieve his stated goals. It could well backfire by encouraging more defiance in Tehran—and in Brussels, Moscow, and Beijing.

Read the entire piece over at the New Atlanticist.

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Image: “The [Iran nuclear deal] put the world at risk because of its fatal flaws,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on May 21. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)