Iran downplays Pompeo’s appointment and possible effects on nuclear deal


By Middle East Affairs

Iran is claiming new the secretary of state appointment in the United States will have little effect on the 2015 nuclear deal, Reuters reports.

The country called the new appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state “an internal U.S. matter,” even though Pompeo is known for fiercely fighting against the deal that passed under the Obama administration.

“These changes and developments and firings in the Trump government are not new,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said when asked at a news conference, according to state media.

“We have witnessed similar developments and this is their internal issue,” he said. “What is important for the Islamic Republic is America’s policy in global affairs and their interaction with us and we will adopt our own positions.”

The 2015 nuclear deal lifted many sanctions on Iran for agreeing to curb its nuclear program.

Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia were also involved in the deal.

Trump voiced Tuesday that the nuclear deal, which he is vehemently against, was one of the driving factors for dismissing Rex Tillerson from his job.

Trump said in January that “flaws” in the Iran deal must be fixed or he would not extend sanctions relief, which is due to be paid on May 12.

Reuters reports that Qassemi said on Wednesday the United States could not be trusted.

“In actions and by experience it’s been seen that the policies and approach of America cannot be trusted very much,” he said, according to state media. “This country is not very dependable.”


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