Pompeo defends United States policy, slams China, Russia and Iran

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss Iran's ballistic missile programme. File

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss Iran's ballistic missile programme. File

"We are rallying the noble nations of the world to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity for all".

At the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned what he described as Iran's testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

The US pulled out of that deal in May, pitting Washington against several of its key European allies, who have sought to maintain the agreement in the face of heated rhetoric between the Donald Trump administration and the Iranian government, and the reinstatement of US sanctions on Tehran last month.

The speech drew polite applause from the audience in Brussels but also sharp criticism from some quarters.

As well as reiterating the United States' "commitment to Israel's security and absolute right to self-defense", Pompeo also pledged that the U.S. would continue "fighting anti-Israeli bias at the United Nations", according to a State Department statement released after the meeting.

"Secretary Pompeo seems to fundamentally misunderstand the nature of global politics", he said. "He is returning the United States to its traditional central leadership role in the world".

"The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are".

He also challenged the validity of the International Criminal Court and suggested the World Trade Organization is not upholding its own rules as they relate to China.

The U.S. has come into confrontation with Russian Federation over its alleged breach of a 1987 nuclear arms treaty, which banned nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 310 miles to 3,417 miles. Pompeo said it's our mission to reassert sovereignty and help our friends assert their sovereignty as well. Russian Federation denies violation of the pact. "When treaties are broken, the violators must be confronted, and the treaties must be fixed or discarded". However, diplomats said they were now trying to limit the fallout of the decision by staggering the expected US withdrawal into next year and first formally accusing Russian Federation of breaking the INF agreement, which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles. It has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, the U.N.'s top human rights and educational agencies and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.

In a speech to the German Marshall Fund in Brussels, Mr Pompeo said the USA would call out "bad actors" that have exploited loopholes in these organisations for their own gain.

He said Washington was not abandoning its world leadership but instead reshaping the post-World War Two system on the basis of sovereign states rather than multilateral institutions.

During their closed door meeting in Brussels, Netanyahu was said to have told Pompeo that Israel would act militarily against Hezbollah if Lebanon failed to confront the Iranian proxy terror group.

"Even our European friends sometimes say we're not acting in the world's interest".

"This project will require actual, not pretend, restoration of the liberal order among nations". He called on the allies to work together "to strengthen what is already the greatest military alliance in history".

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