Mike Pence Says Iran Is Planning ‘New Holocaust’ With Middle East Expansion

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"The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region and the world, the peace, security and freedom they deserve", Pence said in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday.

The Warsaw conference is timed just as Iran's clerical regime celebrates 40 years since the Islamic revolution ousted the pro-US shah.

However, with continued divergence between US and European partners over the issue of the Islamic republic, the conference was remolded to focus on peace and security in the Middle East.

In his speech, Pence criticized a mechanism used by European countries to sidestep sanctions.

This phrase "leading state sponsor of terrorism" has been repeated ad nauseum by USA officials, with no attempt to substantiate the allegation with facts or evidence.

"Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been almost as cooperative", Pence said. "In fact, they have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions", he told representatives of 60 nations gathered in Warsaw. "It's an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the European Union and create still more distance between Europe and the United States".

Because of European reluctance to attend a conference focused only on Iran, Pompeo and other U.S. officials had sought to broaden the scope to include other Middle East topics. "The United States seeks a new era of cooperation between all of our countries on how to confront these issues", Mr Pompeo told foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries in Warsaw.

Speaking to Netanyahu, bin Alawi said: "People in the Middle East have suffered a lot because they have stuck to the past". "The three H's - the Houthis, Hamas, Hezbollah - these are real threats".

European leaders say the agreement was never meant to address all concerns with Iran and that Tehran is hardly the only problematic player in the region. "Arab states had more of an interest in arguing for unity of effort against Iran than boycotting a conference the PA opposed". Pence disagrees but has not offered any proof. "I'll let the Europeans speak for themselves".

Today's differences with the Trump administration are of another magnitude, said Constanze Stelzenmueller, Robert Bosch senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington. Nonetheless, diplomats saw the session as a "test" the ideas behind Mr Kushner's work. And in a slap at the Warsaw summit, he added that in order to confront Iran, the US needs "a coalition of tens of governments - and even then it will fail".

Two rocket test failures on January 15 and February 5 are seen as the product of that covert activity.

Veteran US peace negotiator Dennis Ross says he moderated a panel of three Arab foreign ministers at a closed-door dinner in Warsaw on Wednesday night.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the Russian resort of Sochi for a simultaneous summit called by Russian leader Vladimir Putin that also included Turkey, retorted: "We see what's happening in Warsaw, it's an empty result, nothing".

In Warsaw on Thursday, a US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence is heading an worldwide meeting focused on the threat posed by Iran.

"We're trying to expand the number of nations who are engaged and have a stake in the future of a peaceful and prosperous Middle East", Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran, told Reuters. He said the accord was fatally flawed to begin with as it does not prevent Iran from obtaining the technology or material to eventually develop a nuclear weapon over time.

The Palestinian government is not attending and has called the conference an "American conspiracy".

After a suicide bomb killed 27 Revolutionary Guard troops, Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was "no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day...[the] Warsaw Circus" began.

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