Pence to focus on US Iran policy in speech

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence to focus on US Iran policy in speech Trump Jr., Ivanka garner support in hypothetical 2024 poll Trump to rally evangelicals after critical Christianity Today editorial MORE will focus on the U.S.’s Iran policy in a speech next Monday after tensions between the countries intensified over the killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a White House official told Reuters

The vice president’s speech at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ National Security Summit in Washington next week will discuss the differences between the Iranian people and the Iranian government, the official told the news wire, declining to give further details.

The speech comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump offers Australian PM assistance in fighting widespread fires Trump administration officials begin drafting potential Iraq sanctions after Trump threat: report Pence to focus on US Iran policy in speech MORE’s authorized killing of Soleimani has sparked protests across the Middle East and prompted Iran to say it will retaliate. Soleimani was killed in a U.S. strike last week that hit the Baghdad airport.

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Trump has responded to Iran by saying that if Iran retaliates, the U.S. has prepared to strike 52 sites, including some “important to Iran & the Iranian culture,” leading to Iran and others to accuse the U.S. of attempting to violate international law forbidding attacks to cultural sites. 

Officials like Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPence to focus on US Iran policy in speech Rand Paul: Trump ‘got bad advice’ on killing of Soleimani Trump strike torpedoes US-Iraq relationship MORE and Secretary of Defense Mark EsperMark EsperTrump administration officials begin drafting potential Iraq sanctions after Trump threat: report Pence to focus on US Iran policy in speech Pentagon chief says US will ‘follow the laws of armed conflict’ after Trump’s Iran threats MORE have backtracked on Trump’s comments saying the U.S. will follow international law in potential future attacks.

Pence supported Trump’s move to attack Soleimani in a tweet Friday saying he “took decisive action and stood up against the leading state sponsor of terror to take out an evil man who was responsible for killing thousands of Americans.”

Yesterday, President @realDonaldTrump took decisive action and stood up against the leading state sponsor of terror to take out an evil man who was responsible for killing thousands of Americans. Soleimani was a terrorist. Here are some of his worst atrocities:

— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 3, 2020

 

Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have been high, especially after Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal last year and imposed sanctions on the country.

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