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Rex Tillerson Net Worth 2020 – How much is the businessman worth

Rex Wayne Tillerson is a businessman from America. He is an engineer, and the former CEO and chairman of Exxon Mobil Corp. In addition, he served as the 69th United States Secretary of State under the current president Donald Trump.

He was born on March 23, 1952, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America as a boy and studied at Huntsville High School. He then enrolled into the University of Texas in Austin and graduated in 1975. He is a Bachelor of Science with a degree in civil engineering. In 2006, his University honored him as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate.

Career

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Tillerson was a production engineer at Exxon for 14 years, from 1975 until 1989. After this, he was the general manager of the central production division until 1992. In 1995, he became the president of Esso Exploration and Production Khorat. Four years later, he was promoted to the executive vice president position at ExxonMobil. In 2006, the final became CEO and chairman.

His other business ventures were with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Business Roundtable, and the International Studies.

Tillerson has a close relationship with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who awarded him the Order of Friendship in 2013.

Rex Tillerson is also the former president of the Boy Scouts of America. He advocated for openly gay youth to join the boy scouts while he was president. He opposes sanctions and supports the free trade. He is a member of the Republican Party and supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 elections. He became the Secretary of State for the Trump administration on February 1 last year and was fired in March of this year, replaced by Mike Pompeo.

Rex Tillerson Net Worth

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Rex Tillerson has an estimated net worth of $365 million. In 2015, he allegedly earned $27.3 million from his position as the CEO of Exxon Mobil. He is married to Renda St. Clair, with whom he has four children. The family lives in Irving, Texas. Rex is currently 66 years old, and is 5ft 8in, or 173 cm tall, is an Aries.

In a surprise turn, Trump offers to meet with Iran

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After months of confrontation with Tehran, President Trump said on Monday that he is willing to meet with Iranian official without preconditions and at the time of their choosing.

Just days before, Trump and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani were exchanging threats over the media.

“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump tweeted in all caps.

Rouhani responded by warning him not to “play with the lion’s tail” and stating that war with Iran would be “mother of all wars.”

His overture for a conciliation was rejected by the Iranian government: “With current America and these policies, there will definitely not be the possibility of dialogue and engagement, and the United States has shown that it is totally unreliable,” said Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi.

Trump wasn’t worried about the reaction from his fellow Republicans, some of which staunchly oppose any attempt at negotiation with Iran, or U.S. allies in the region like Israel and Saudi Arabia, who believe that Iran is the major source of instability in the Middle East.

“I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet,” Trump said. “If they want to meet, I’ll meet.”

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Trump acknowledged that Iran’s economic troubles are caused by his cancelation of the Iran Deal, negotiated by President Obama. Iran’s currency is in free fall, and the situation will only get worse once the U.S. sanctions, suspended after the deal was signed, come back in effect on August 4th. The citizens have organized several protests criticizing the Tehran’s economic policies.

“They are having a hard time right now. But I ended the Iran deal. It was a ridiculous deal,” POTUS said. “If we could work something out that’s meaningful, not the waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet.”

Trump hopes that months of pressure combined with the bad economy will force Tehran to negotiate and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agrees with the plan. He did say that Iran must meet some conditions before the talks could start.

“If the Iranians demonstrate a commitment to make fundamental changes in how they treat their own people — reduce their maligned behavior, can agree that it’s worthwhile to enter in a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation, then the president said he’s prepared to sit down and have a conversation with him,” Pompeo said, somewhat contradicting Trump on “no preconditions” clause.

Some other White House supporters also agree with the plan.

“It’s a well-timed offer made as the leaders of the Islamic Republic are facing increasingly severe economic and social crises,” said Mark Dubowitz, chief executive of the hawkish Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “Trump is saying, you want the pain to stop, meet me. If not, the pain will only get worse.”

There are critics of the plan, however. They say that Iran doesn’t trust Trump and don’t believe that he would negotiate in good faith. They also state that even if Rouhani, a moderate politician, would agree to meet with him, the scrutiny he would face at home would be overwhelming.

Even Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), one of the Trump’s biggest supporters on the Hill, seems to think that the meeting would be unwise at this point.

“You know, countries like Iran and Cuba and other two-bit rogue regimes don’t have nuclear weapons, yet. They can’t threaten the United States in that way,” Cotton said. “Once North Korea had nuclear weapons, once they have missiles that can deliver them to use, I would liken it to past presidents sitting down with Soviet dictators.”

The key U.S. allies in the Middle East, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates clash daily with Iran in Syria and elsewhere, and would be adamantly opposed to any notion of a meeting between Washington and Tehran, let alone such a high profile one that would include president of the United States.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Khalid bin Salman, issued a warning against any sort of appeasement of religious leaders of Iran.

“Those who have not learnt history’s lessons counsel us to let the Iranians subvert the entire Middle East while granting them as many financial enticements as possible,” he wrote. “A wiser and ultimately more moral approach is to pressure Iran to correct its awful behavior immediately.”

The cycle of threats and negations seems consistent with Trump’s method of conducting foreign affairs. He was also threatening North Korea, only to have a meeting with Kim Jong Un just months later.

Russian Election Meddling Helped Trump?

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Most of the Republicans will admit that Russia has interfered with the elections, but they will also say that it didn’t influence the outcome and that Trump would be president even without a foul play from Moscow. This might be true, but everything is pointing in a slightly different direction meaning that they did influence the results greatly.

The investigation that was conducted shows that the Kremlin was involved in 2016 elections, but Trump is still not persuaded, especially after Putin said to him that Russia did not influence the process. On the other hand, almost everyone will agree that they did interfere and depending on the fraction which they favor, the result of that influence is seen differently.

According to Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, he is “1,000 percent certain that the Russians interfered in our election.” He continued by adding: “Russia didn’t beat Clinton. Trump beat Clinton.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who helped oversee the investigation while he was a director of the Central Intelligence Agency, also confirmed that Moscow was involved, only with a minimal impact.

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Trump being Trump, said how Kremlin “will be pushing very hard for Democrats” when the 2018 midterm elections come. This is based on his claims that he was the toughest US president when it comes to international relations with Russia and that they definitely don’t want him to stay in the White House.

In election games, there is a huge number of factors in play, and it is hard to prove that Moscow’s influence had any meaningful impact. One thing that we need to say is that the intelligence community didn’t reach a conclusion, at least it wasn’t publicly delivered, that foul play didn’t tip the scale in Trump’s favor.

We could hear more than a few experts that claim how they really did manage to swing the elections and secure the victory for the current president. According to James Clapper who suggest that about 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan was enough for the win. He wrote, “I have no doubt that more votes than that were influenced by the massive effort by the Russians.”

Clapper is named as someone who doesn’t like Trump and supports Obama, but his point of view will be backed up by Kathleen Hall Jamieson who will publish a book that covers Russian interference and how it brought a win to Trump. “The Russian trolls and hackers created message imbalances, the former in social media, the latter in news,” that helped the Republican, she said in an interview on Sunday. “The use that the mainstream and conservative media made of the Russian hacking of the Democrats’ emails altered the news and debate agendas in ways that past election research would suggest were significant enough to change the outcome.”

It has been reported by NBC News that there was a large number of Russian trolls that launched and spread false news about Pope Francis support for Trump. This, according to research, also influenced some voters.

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention WikiLeaks published internal documents that were reportedly stolen by Russian hackers. Those documents proved that Clinton was favored by the Democratic National Committee against Bernie Sanders in the primaries. As a result, some supporters of Sanders decided not to vote while Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned.

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Another interesting coincidence came right after Trump’s video where he talked about groping women when WikiLeaks published the first batch of emails from John Podesta’s account. At that moment, Podesta was Clinton’s campaign manager. Since this was released on a Friday afternoon, which definitely isn’t the best moment if you want media attention, it can be easily described as an intent to deflect attention from Trump misbehavior. Later on, this was connected with the Russian military intelligence unit.

All these issues that were geared against Clinton and her staff members forced her campaign to devote more attention to that than to actual elections. The question is, did this really help Trump to win?

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Trump is Delusional About His Relationship with Kim Jong-Un

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When US President Donald Trump returned from Singapore from the long-anticipated summit, he tweeted: “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” It has been three weeks since the summit, and there is no evidence at all that North Korea started doing anything regarding the issue.

To make matters worse, it appears that North Korea is improving its weapons and is adding more to the pile. Just in the last week, thanks to the satellite imagery, we can see that the nuclear facility in Yongbyon is being upgraded and according to The Wall Street Journal, Kim has expanded a key solid-fuel missile facility.

According to the US intelligence officials, and as reported by the Washington Post, North Korea was doing everything to hide the nuclear weapons from any future inspection. They are going that far that they want to hide everything, including the existence of the uranium-enrichment site that is known as Kangson. The NBC was also one of the outlets that reported this and one of the officials warned: “Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles. We are watching closely.”

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Those who were skeptical about the meeting between the two presidents are not surprised. Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at Middlebury College, said: “Kim Jong Un is not offering to give up his nuclear weapons. The North Koreans have never—not once—offered to disarm. That should be a clue.”

Meanwhile, the White House refuses to accept the simple truth. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is avoiding questions about the human-rights abuses in North Korea whereas National Security Adviser John Bolton doesn’t want to speak in public about denuclearization. According to Axios, some of the White House officials are pumped up about the talks that they are looking forward to another Trump-Kim summit that would take place in September. If this were to happen, the further dialogue would be held in the United States, which would be Kim’s first visit to the country.

The White House believes that things are moving in the right direction. As Bolton put it: “We’re very well aware of North Korea’s patterns of behavior over decades of negotiating with the United States. There’s not any starry-eyed feeling among the group doing this.” He pointed out that before any potential meeting between two leaders, North Korea would have to show some progress.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that North Korea could denuclearize in two and a half years, but Bolton accelerated the process, saying that Pompeo “will be discussing . . . how to dismantle all of their W.M.D. and ballistic missile programs in a year.”

In the meantime, Jeffrey Lewis was not so optimistic: “The administration is just trying to bluff its way through this, making promises that it can’t deliver. Maybe we’ll let them get away with that because no one wants to go back to 2017. But the moment the U.S. gives Kim an ultimatum on disarmament, the process will collapse.”

The elephant in the room is the lack of agreement over the terms of denuclearization. Kim sees this as a possible option and he never committed himself to do it while Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation says of the Washington side: “U.S. negotiators pressed the North Koreans to include at least a common understanding of what ‘denuclearization’ means in the Singapore document, but they were not able to get there.”

She also added: “The fact that Trump has declared North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat hasn’t helped. It signals that there is no urgency,” she told me. “This was always going to be a long process, and the administration’s approach is reinforcing Pyongyang’s preference to play a long game.”

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Pompeo and Bolton have been trying to justify Trump’s words ever since the president returned to the United States. He said that North Korea is no longer a threat, Pompeo was trying to explain that the threat is not as grave as it used to be. Also, Trump claimed that Pyongyang had returned the remains of 200 US service members killed during the Korean War. However, Pompeo said that America is optimistic and that the remains should arrive shortly, but the US hasn’t received anything by now.

Donald Trump obviously has some issues when he tries to make a difference between fantasy and reality. The process of denuclearization is far from certain, and even if North Korea agrees, the process would be long and tiring for both sides.

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The US Expects Full Denuclearization Before Sanctions Are Removed

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According to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the United States will remove the sanctions when full denuclearization occurs. However, the North Korea’s view of the process is somewhat different, and they believe that everything will happen in stages and that both countries will do their part, step by step.

The United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un met in Singapore at a long-anticipated summit about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In return, Trump and the United States are “committed to provide security guarantees.”

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After the meeting in Beijing, with his Chinese counterpart, Pompeo said that the States had “made very clear that the sanctions and the economic relief that North Korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearization, the complete denuclearization of North Korea.”

According to the US Secretary of State, Japan, China and South Korea, all acknowledged that the world has moved from a standstill on the Korean Peninsula, but all of these countries said that the sanctions were not to be removed. After the summit, China recommended that the international sanctions imposed on North Korea should be lifted.

“China has reaffirmed its commitment to honoring the UN security council resolutions. Those have mechanisms for relief contained in them, and we agreed that at the appropriate time that those would be considered,” Pompeo said, standing next to the Chinese government’s top diplomat, the state councilor, Wang Yi.

Wang said that China also wants to see North Korea denuclearized and they would continue to play “a constructive role” in the entire process. He also pointed out that the matter was complex and it couldn’t be solved overnight. Meanwhile, after the Tuesday meeting with South Korean President and Japan’s Foreign Minister, Mike Pompeo said: “We are going to get complete denuclearisation; only then will there be relief from the sanctions.”

On the other hand, North Korean media reported that both leaders recognized the importance of “step-by-step and simultaneous action” to achieve ultimate goals. However, at the summit, we haven’t learned anything about whether North Korea would eventually give up the nuclear program and how they were planning to dismantle the missiles. The skeptics of the summit once again said that the North Korean leadership sees the nuclear program as a shield against the alleged US plans to unite the two states on the Korean Peninsula, effectively removing Kim Jong-un from his position.

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Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President, disagrees. He recognized the importance of the summit, saying that the world had escaped a war. Moon told Pompeo: “What’s most important was that the people of the world, including those in the United States, Japan, and Koreans, have all been able to escape the threat of war, nuclear weapons and missiles.”

Meanwhile, Pompeo keeps saying that North Korea was willing to give up their nuclear program, but that this would “be a process, not an easy one.” Once again, he pointed out that they would do this quickly and that they were aware that the reward would be the relief from the UN sanctions, which will come after “complete denuclearization.”

Besides the talk of denuclearization, North and South Korea had military discussions as well, for the first time in over ten years. This was a follow up after the inter-Korean summit which took place in April where the two leaders agreed to do everything to ease tensions on the peninsula.

Speaking of the military talks, the US president said on a news conference that he would end the US-South Korean military exercises. Japan opposed this and pointed out that such exercises were crucial for the security of eastern Asia. One of the US officials, who wanted to remain anonymous said: “Make no mistake, we are going to maintain the readiness of our forces in South Korea.” The US has 28,500 soldiers in South Korea, that is technically in a state of war with the North since the Korean War ended with a truce.

In the meantime, Vladimir Putin pleaded North Korean official Kim Yong-Nam to invite Kim-Jong-un to visit Russia in September.

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Trump-Kim Summit Still Under Question

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In the past couple of weeks, many things happened between North Korea and the US. Historic meeting was announced then canceled, then again confirmed after which it was dropped and so on. During the last few days, it seems that the officials are on the same page and the talks about the Trump-Kim summit are going in the right direction, but, it is still under question according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo said that in the last 72 hours things were pushed forward, and it is a noticeable improvement of the relations between the two countries, but also stressed out how there is a lot more work to be done. He stated that they are making progress to finalizing the deal regarding the summit where leaders will meet and talk about denuclearization of Korean Peninsula.

The decision of Pyongyang to send high official, Kim Yong-chol, that is considered the right hand of Kim Jong-un, is a clear sign that they want to make a deal. On the other hand, we know that the agreement, if it gets made, will not come cheaply. North Korea sacrificed a lot into the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program, and they will not give it all up easily.

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While Kim Yong-chol and Mike Pompeo are talking in New York, it has been reported that additional meetings between Washington and Pyongyang representatives are being held in both Singapore and at the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea. Pompeo also added that this is a great opportunity for the deal to be struck and that it would be “nothing short of tragic to let this opportunity go to waste.”

Looking back at the previous agreements that were made between North and other countries we can conclude that in most cases the rogue state was the one that broke the terms and cancels deals. This time, hopefully, it will be different, and we will have a summit of two leaders that will provide us with a solution.

The main objective of these talks is to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and according to Harry Kazianis, director of Defense Studios at the Center for the National interest this might not happen. “After listening to Secretary Pompeo today, I would argue North Korea is still unwilling — and maybe never will be willing — to satisfy the Trump Administration’s goal of a denuclearization agreement before any summit in Singapore. And make no mistake: This is the key to getting a summit finalized.”

What many experts did notice are the positive signs from North, and that the current talks are going really well. Also, this was confirmed by POTUS saying that New York meeting is going “very well.” On Friday it is expected for the Pyongyang officials to travel to Washington where they will deliver “a letter from Kim Jong Un,” for Trump.

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Russian Foreign Minister to Visit North Korea

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According to the Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is going to travel to the North Korean capital to talk about the country’s nuclear program. Another topic will be bilateral cooperation. In a statement on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry noted: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will take place on May 31.”

Lavrov is going to meet with his North Korean counterpart, and the two sides will focus on key international problems and Pyongyang’s nuclear program as well. North keeps moving forward in reducing the tensions with the world leaders and their Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho had talks with Lavrov last month. There have been previous attempts to prevent North Korea from advancing their nuclear program and Russia was a part of the five-year dialogue that took place between 2003 and 2008.

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Lavrov is going to visit the country before the highly expected summit between two world leaders – Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. One of the North Korean officials was on his way to the US for the diplomatic preparations for the historic meeting. According to the representatives, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will welcome Kim Yong Chol, the right-hand man to the North Korean ruler in New York.

Meanwhile, Trump explained the entire situation on Twitter. He posted that the general was on his way, but he pointed out that Washington assembled a “great team” for the talks, hoping that this would lead closer to the solution for North Korea’s nuclear program. The US President has great expectations from the summit, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

“Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young (sic) Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!” Trump wrote. In the meantime, Japan put this entire process under scrutiny. They are also an important piece of the puzzle as America’s allies, and Trump will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington on June 7. The meeting is confirmed by Sarah Sanders, White House spokesperson.

“Since the president’s May 24 letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans have been engaging. The United States continues to actively prepare for President Trump’s expected summit with leader Kim in Singapore,” Sanders noted.

Kim Yong Chol went to the Beijing airport on Wednesday, and he used the restricted VIP entrance, thus avoiding any media. One of Pompeo’s spokespersons said that this would be the third meeting between newly-appointed Secretary of State and Kim Yong Chol. The summit between Trump and Kim was almost canceled when Trump declared “open hostility” from North Korea, but the two leaders cooled down, and the meeting is on again. The talks between the US negotiators and North Koreans commenced on Sunday, and the Americans are led by Washington’s ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim. Sanders said: “They plan to have additional meetings this week.”

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Kim Yong Chol, the man we have mentioned multiple times, will play a crucial role in the nuclear stalemate on the Korean Peninsula. He was the one sitting close to Trump’s daughter Ivanka during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics that took place in South Korea. When Kim Jong Un went to China, it was Chol who accompanied him. While he is well-respected in North Korea, he is a notorious persona in South Korea. He was accused of planning out the sinking of the Cheonan navy corvette that killed 46 sailors in 2010.

Another man who was spotted in Singapore during the prep phase was Kim Chang Son, Kim Jong Un’s chief of staff. We know that the topic between the two sides – the Washington and Pyongyang will be denuclearization. But the talks will be time-consuming as Washington wants the process to start as soon as possible, but North Korea may be unwilling to do anything unless they get the guarantee from the US that they will not meddle in the politics and try to use this to topple the regime.

Mike Pompeo Threatens Iran “Do what we want, or else!”

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First speech of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state was filled with threats to Iran. He used this opportunity to give better insight into what the US wants from Iran and what would happen if their requirements are not met. All this was presented by the secretary of state with ‘do it, or we will force you to do it’ tone.

According to Pompeo, the US representatives have devised 12-point list, this is something that he called “basic requirements” that are expected from the Middle East country to be fulfilled. The most important things on that list are complete shut down of the nuclear program and the nuclear enrichment program, ballistic missile development should stop, cease the military engagement in the region and free unjustly imprisoned US citizens.

These are the terms that the US will need from Iran to be met, and after that, they would be allowed to join United Nations or league of nations as Pompe referred to it. This term was used from 1920 to 1946 and the organization that represented the base for UN. This all sounds wonderful, but the thing is that it is hard to expect a government to accept all these terms, especially after they didn’t do anything wrong according to inspectors and other countries that signed the deal.

In case that Tehran regime doesn’t respond positively to these demands, it has been said that the US will impose the toughest economic sanctions ever. “After our sanctions come into full force, it will be battling to keep its economy alive. Iran will be forced to make a choice — either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or keep squandering precious wealth on fights abroad. It will not have the resources to do both,” Pompeo stated.

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As we already mentioned, there isn’t any evidence that nuclear agreement that has been signed by Iran on one side and US, UK, Germany, France, China, Russia on the other, was broken by the Middle East country. As a result, all signatories except the US decided to stay in the deal. Without the support from its allies, it will be quite hard for America to impose such heavy sanctions against Tehran.

One of the main reasons for such decision from the US government is the fact that they want to help people of Iran and prevent bad behavior of their officials. Pompeo stated: “It is America’s hope that our labors toward peace and security will bear fruit for the long-suffering people of Iran. We long to see them prosper and flourish as in decades past, and as never before.”

Pompeo also mentioned anti-government protests in Iran which “show that the Iranian people are deeply frustrated with their own government’s failures. The Iranian economy is struggling as a result of bad Iranian decisions. Workers aren’t getting paid, strikes are a daily occurrence, and the rial is plummeting. Youth unemployment is at a staggering 25 percent.”

While the facts that were delivered by the secretary of state are true, those are all old news, nothing has been dramatically changed in the last few years and even longer. As a result, it will be incredibly hard for the US and any other country to find allies in Iran that would go against the current regime. If the sanctions do come, it will certainly affect high-level officials, but the Iranian people is who will suffer the most.

When asked about the time frame and when the new measures will be imposed, Pompeo said that citizens of Iran “will get to make a choice about their leadership. If they make the decision quickly, that would be wonderful. If they choose not to do so, we will stay hard at this until we achieve the outcomes that I set forward today.” What the high official of the US just did is to call out for the people of this Middle East country to rise against the leaders and overthrow them.

It isn’t hard to agree with many things that Trump’s administration is saying about Iran, but it is hard to believe that this country is in any way a threat to American way of life, something that was often used as an excuse for military and other types of interventions. It can also be argued that Tehran could harm the US allies in the region as all of them have superior armies and are better funded.

Source: washingtonpost.com

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