Policy & Regulation

Trump’s pick of Pompeo is a blow to IOCs eyeing Iran

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state has raised fresh concerns about the future of the Iran nuclear deal The appointment of Mike Pompeo as US secretary of state has raised fresh concerns about the future of the Iran nuclear deal.
By Verity Ratcliffe 14 March 2018 0 29991
Mike Pompeo, former CIA director and now US secretary of state. Mike Pompeo testifying before the Senate as director of the CIA in 2013. (PA)

United States President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he had ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will be replaced by Mike Pompeo, currently director of the CIA. The appointment of Pompeo, in light of his previously stated stance on Iran, has raised fears the US will reinstate sanctions against the Iranian regime. 

Trump cited differences of opinion with Tillerson on Iran – among other issues – as the cause of the reshuffle. “If you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible and...