>> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on a hastily arranged visit to the Middle East just as the United States aims to muster support for new sanctions against Iran. The visit to Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Amman, just two days after Pompeo was sworn in comes as President Donald Trump is set to decide whether to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that is still supported by European powers.
Pompeo's senior policy advisor told reporters that their team is urging nations, including in Europe, to sanction anyone involved with Iran's missile program. The accord that limits Iran's nukes in order for sanctions relief does not cover it's missile program. Trump has called it the worst deal ever>> It's a bad deal.
>> And threatened to reimpose sanctions unless Britain, Germany, and France agree to fix it. Resuming sanctions would likely kill the deal.>> We cannot say we should get rid of it like that.>> In his visit to the States, French President Emmanuel Macron urged the US not to kill the deal, but agreed a better deal could be struck.
But with the deadline fast approaching, Pompeo told NATO foreign ministers on Friday that Trump had not decided whether to abandon the deal yet, but it was not likely he'd stick to it without substantial changes.