Iran and China are currently considered American enemies. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bashed the two nations for allegedly creating instability across the globe. Pompeo further attacked America’s “European allies” for implying that the U.S. undermined international order. He directed the blame to China and Iran during his speech.
Mr. Pompeo said that President Trump was building a new world order governed y American leadership and democracy. The State Secretary assured that the U.S. intends to lead the restoration of the liberal order among nations with the assistance of other democracies. Pompeo lamented that the comments by U.S. European friends that America does not act in the interest of the free world are just plain wrong.
In regards to the U.S. sanctions against China and Iran, Pompeo said that “when treaties are broken, the violators must be confronted and the treaties must be fixed or discarded.”
Mr. Pompeo explained that the U.S. was pushing the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to cut down funding to countries like China. He said that such countries already possess access to financial markets to raise capital. The remarks come after U.S. and China reached a temporary truce on their trade war.
Moreover, tensions between Iran and the U.S. remain at an all-time high. This is due to Tehran’s move on Saturday. Tehran test-fired a ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads. This went against U.N resolutions.
Pompeo is in Brussels attending talks among foreign ministers at NATO. Trump has accused European members of failing to invest enough in their defense and relying too much on Washington. NATO is pushing Trump to abandon his decision to quit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Moscow. The treaty signing took place in 1987. NATO instead suggests that Trump should work to bring Russia into an agreement with the arms control pact.