Pompeo Says US Won’t Seek Military Intervention in Iran – Reports

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly told a group of Iranian-American community leaders that the Trump administration is not seeking regime change in the Islamic Republic through direct military intervention.

In a closed-door meeting with 15 Iranian-American community leaders at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel last Monday, Pompeo said the Trump administration is “not going to do a military exercise inside Iran”,  the news portal Axios reported, citing three sources that were in the room, including one who took detailed contemporaneous notes.

During the meeting, Pompeo reportedly was asked, “If regime change does not occur internally what is the endgame?” the US Secretary of State responded that the administration is “careful not to use the language of regime change” and has no plans to intervene in Iran with military forces.  When asked if the administration had considered the possibility of a coup, Pompeo quipped that he would not tell the attendees even if they had, prompting laughter in the room, according to the article.

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Pompeo also used euphemisms to describe the administration’s position on Iran, saying that the administration’s best interest is “a non-revolutionary set of leaders leading Iran”. He also added that the Trump administration would have handled the 2009 “Green Movement”, in which…

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