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QUESTION: Fair enough. On Iran, I know it’s something you’ve worked on for a very long time as a congressman, of course the Secretary of State, CIA, all of that. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, obviously been designated a terrorist group by the United States. Now we know they launched this military satellite into orbit. You said that Iran needs to be held accountable for what they’ve done. How exactly might that happen going forward, Mr. Secretary?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Boy, it was really jarring yesterday to see that the Iranians had lied once again. They told the world that they didn’t have a military program that was involved in missiles and satellites, and yesterday the IRGC, the cutting edge of the Iranian military, announced that they had launched a satellite into low Earth orbit. What we intend to do is to gather the nations across the world. The French put out a statement today. They, too, know how dangerous and destabilizing what Iran did. I’m confident that there will now be more countries that understand what President Trump has understood since he first came into office, that the Iran deal was a crazy, bad deal, that we all need to move away from it, that the world needs to disassociate itself from Iran, and that the community of nations needs to come together and convince the Iranian regime to cease their activity, which has led to them being the world’s largest state sponsor of terror for so many years.
We’ve done that; we’ve put real pressure on the regime. We continue to do that. We have to deny them the resources to conduct the activities that you saw them undertake just yesterday.