Pompeo: US targeting 'actual decision-makers' in Iran instead of proxies

Pompeo: US targeting 'actual decision-makers' in Iran instead of proxies
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers Overnight Defense: House Democrats unveil stopgap spending measure to GOP opposition | Bill includes .6B for new subs | Trump issues Iran sanctions after world shrugs at US action at UN Navalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill MORE said on Sunday that the U.S. is targeting “actual decision-makers” in Iran rather than Tehran's proxy forces.

Pompeo told ABC’s “This Week” that the Trump administration’s approach is different from past U.S. strategies that focused on combating proxy forces rather than the Iranian government itself. 

“We’ve told the Iranian regime, enough,” he said. “You can’t get away with using proxy forces and think your homeland will be safe and secure.”

The secretary of State made the comments in the wake of the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

“We’re going to respond against the actual decision-makers, the people who are causing this threat from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said. “We’re going to take this seriously and we’re going to defend the American people at every turn.”

Pompeo’s comments come after a tumultuous two weeks for Washington and Iran that started with a strike that killed a U.S. contractor that the U.S. blames on an Iranian-backed militia. In response, the U.S. attacked the militia in Iraq. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE then authorized the strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani, driving Iran to threaten retaliation. The president responded by saying the U.S. is ready to strike 52 sites if Iran retaliates, including “those important to Iran & the Iranian culture,” which some say international law forbids.

The secretary of State told ABC on Sunday that the U.S. will “behave lawfully” and only strike “lawful” targets.