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U.S., Saudi agree to push Iran harder on amending nuclear deal

The U.S. official said this at a joint press conference after his visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday in Riyadh.

Pompeo said the nuclear agreement failed to modify Iran’s behavior and stressed that if Iran doesn’t accept to amend the deal, the U.S. would unilaterally withdraw from it.

He also reiterated the importance of Saudi Arabia’s security and accused Iran of disturbing the security.

“Saudi Arabia’s security is a priority for the United States of America. We’ll continue to work closely with our Saudi partners to counter threats to this country’s security. That of course starts with Iran. Iran destabilizes this entire region. It supports proxy militias and terrorist groups,” said Pompeo.

Meanwhile, his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir blamed Iran of providing weapons to Yemen’s Houthi, seriously affecting regional security. He said Saudi Arabia completely supports the U.S. attitude toward Iran with regard to the nuclear agreement, and called on the international community to impose more sanctions on Iran.

“We think we need to enhance examinations on Iran’s nuclear facilities. In order to resolve the Iran issue, we should increase sanctions on it for exporting ballistic missile in violation of the international resolutions, supporting terrorism in the region and inferring in the domestic affairs of regional countries,” said Adel al-Jubeir.

Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Saturday as the beginning of a regional tour. He will also visit Jordan and Israel.

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