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    Mike Pompeo Says US Willing to ‘Crush’ Iran With Sanctions

    During a speech that some interpreted as a threat of regime change, the secretary of state promised economic and military pressure if Iran doesn’t abandon its pursuit of regional influence. Pompeo laid out 12 preconditions Iran must satisfy before diplomatic ties are restored, including withdrawal from Syria and cutting ties with Hezbollah. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded, “Who are you to make decisions about Iran?” Many U.S. allies denounced the new policy and the decision to break the Iran nuclear deal, while Pompeo warned it was “just the beginning.”

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