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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Thursday at the University of Texas in which he castigated the Islamic Republic of Iran, calling it a "thuggish police state" and comparing it to ISIS.
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Pompeo's hardline speech was delivered as the keynote for the UT National Security Forum and was aimed at "setting the stage" for President Donald Trump's announcement on the Iran nuclear agreement on Friday, according to NBC News.
Trump is expected to withhold recertification of the nuclear agreement, which will send the Obama-era issue to Congress to decide whether they want to reimpose sanctions that were lifted when the nuclear deal was made. Congress will have 60 days to make a decision.
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There have been reports the Trump administration might label Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, which has prompted Iran to threaten serious "consequences." Pompeo did not give an indication of whether the IRGC will be listed as a terrorist organization, but his remarks in respect to Iran and its operations were, as a senior U.S. intelligence official told NBC, "an aggressive indictment," according to NBC.
"Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are the cudgels of a despotic theocracy, with the IRGC accountable only to a Supreme Leader," Pompeo said. "They're the vanguard of a pernicious empire that is expanding its power and influence across the Middle East."
IRGC - Operations
He also suggested that the IRGC is becoming bolder in its operations.
"In recent years, the IRGC has become more reckless and provocative, seeking to exploit the vacuum left by instability in the Middle East to aggressively expand its influence," he added. "It openly vows to annihilate Israel. And...
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