Since leaving his job as secretary of state in January, the diplomat and former CIA director has repeatedly urged the Biden administration not to rejoin the “crappy” Iran nuclear deal, claiming it would make America and Israel “less secure.”
Former Trump secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lashed out at the Biden administration for not scrapping the Vienna nuclear talks in the wake of the 29 July attack on the Mercer Street – a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned, Israeli billionaire-managed tanker – in the Gulf of Oman. Israeli, US, British, and NATO officials have blamed Iran for the incident despite staunch denials by Tehran.
The former official went on to accuse the current administration of being “weak” against its adversaries, including Iran, China, and Russia.
Pompeo, a possible GOP hopeful for the 2024 presidential race, made the comments amid the continued escalation of tensions between Israel, its Western allies, and Iran over the Mercer Street incident.
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that Tel Aviv would not rule out “acting alone” to respond to the attack, even though it was “working for the world to join us” in reacting to Iran.
Earlier in the day, NATO released a statement condemning the strike on the tanker and blamed Iran for the attack and other “destabilising actions in the region.” The US, British, Romanian, and Canadian governments have…