What Mike Pompeo means for the Iran nuclear deal
When President Donald Trump explained why he dumped Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and chose CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, disagreements over the Iran nuclear deal were at the top of his list.
“I actually got along well with Rex, but really it was a different mindset, a different thinking,” Trump said Tuesday as he departed the White House for a trip to California. “When you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible. I guess he thought it was OK. … So we were not really thinking the same. With Mike, Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process. I think it’s going to go very well.”
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Iran Strikes Second Oilfield Development Deal Since Nuclear Pact
A consortium of Russian and Iranian companies signed an agreement with Tehran to develop two oilfields located on the country’s border with Iraq, according to emerging reports—Iran’s second deal since the nuclear pact.
The project, which will develop the Aban and West Paidar fields, will cost $740 million and will produce roughly 105 million barrels of oil over a ten-year period.
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Iran deal advocates prepare to battle Pompeo nomination
By Bryant Harris
March 13, 2018
President Donald Trump’s shock Twitter announcement today that he’s replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Iran hard-liner Mike Pompeo immediately generated considerable backlash from advocates who fear that he could precipitate the president’s threats to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump’s next opportunity to reimpose sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal falls on May 12. The president had tasked Tillerson with negotiating new restrictions on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile program with European partners by then, a tight deadline only complicated by today’s announcement.
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