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U.S. calls for a coalition against Iran

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Iranians chant anti-US slogans during a demonstration after Friday prayer in Tehran on May 11. Donald Trump’s move to ditch the nuclear deal has infuriated Washington’s allies in Europe as well as China and Russia. (AFP)
By Middle East Affairs 

A week after pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the United States State Department has announced that it wants a global “coalition” against Iran’s “destabilizing activities”.

Newly inaugurated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce the full plan on Monday in his first foreign policy address.

Heather Nauer, State Department spokeswoman, said: “The US will be working hard to put together a coalition.”

The coalition according to Nauer will serve to “bring together a lot of countries from around the world with the specific goal of looking at the Iranian regime through a more realistic lens” which would include “all of its destabilizing activities that aren’t just a threat to the region but are a threat to the broader world.”

Nauser wanted to reassure the press that the coalition will not be anti-Iran, because the United States stands with the people of Iran, unlike its badly behaving regime.

The possible inspiration for this coalition according to Nauser is the 2014 US-led international coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

At present, the coalition against ISIS has 75 members, but only a handful of them have taken part in military actions to defeat the extremists.

It is not yet known whether the coalition against Iran will involve military intervention.

On Monday, the White House hosted 200 diplomats to explain to them the various reasons why President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal.

The deal originally brokered by President Obama had offered assurance to major world powers that Iran would not be developing its nuclear bomb, in exchange for lifting economic sanctions from Iran.

Trump was unhappy with the deal because he believed that it did not address Iran’s ballistic missiles. He wants a deal that puts further restrictions on Iran for its support of militant groups across the Middle East.

Before Trump resigned from the deal, other major signatories from the 2015 deal, France, Britain, Germany, China, and Russia made major efforts to convince him to uphold the United States promise of staying.

Since his withdrawal of the plan, major countries have criticized his decision of building tensions in the Middle East. The European Union has begun efforts to try to reverse the adverse effects that Washington’s newly imposed sanctions on Iran have caused between Iran and its Middle East partners.

When reporters asked Nauser if other nations would be interested in joining the coalition, she said that U.S. allies would “fully understand” and stay vigilant of Iran’s actions.