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Pompeo announces creation of the Iran Action Group

Tzvi Kahn, Behnam Ben Taleblu
17th August 2018 - Quoted by Jackson Richman- JNS

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the founding of the Iran Action Group, which will “be responsible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity.”

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Benham Ben Taleblu, an Iran analyst with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told JNS that he views the creation of the group as a positive sign that the United States is prioritizing the Iran issue.

“The need for an Iran action group—or any entity specializing in streamlining, coordinating and implementing Iran policy—is due to the challenge of balancing the myriad threats posed by the Islamic Republic, as well as the attention the president and other administration officials have rightly given to that threat,” explained Ben Taleblu.

He added that “there have been White House czars before, study groups, as well as unconfirmed reports about Secretary Pompeo having a similar group to deal with the North Korea problem set in his previous government position [as CIA director]. The most important takeaway here is that it’s a good thing when the U.S. prioritizes assets and resources towards a problem set.”

“Hopefully, the Iran Action Group will strive to empower and better stand with the Iranian people as they contest the clerical regime in Tehran,” said Ben Taleblu.

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“The creation of the Iran Action Group indicates that the Trump administration seeks to mobilize all of Washington’s institutional resources to advance its maximum pressure campaign against the regime in Iran,” Tzvi Kahn, senior Iran Analyst at FDD, told JNS. “At the same time, it also sends a resolute message to Tehran that the United States will remain unrelenting in its efforts to change the mullahs’ behavior.”

Kahn added, “In other words: Don’t underestimate us.”

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