Pence to focus on US Iran policy in speech

Pence to focus on US Iran policy in speech
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Vice President Pence 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 TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't 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 Iran and others to accuse the U.S. of attempting to violate international law forbidding attacks on cultural sites. 

Officials like Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoHaley has 'positive' meeting with Trump No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back Former defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Major Russia weapons test stokes tensions 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.”

 

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.