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CIA Director Lashes Out at Iran's 'Despotic Theocracy'

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CIA Director Michael Pompeo (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 10:24 PM

CIA Director Michael Pompeo lashed out at Iran in a fiery speech Thursday, "setting the stage" for President Donald Trump's decision on a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, NBC News reported.

In the address at the University of Texas in Austin, Pompeo described Iran as a "thuggish police state" and a "despotic theocracy," comparing its ambitions to ISIS, NBC News reported.

"[U]nlike ISIS and its mirage of a caliphate, Iran is a powerful nation-state that remains the world's largest state-sponsor of terrorism," Pompeo said, NBC News reported. "The Islamic Republic is Iran's version of what the caliphate ought to look like under the control of an Ayatollah and his praetorian guard, the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp]."

According to the news outlet, Trump is expected to withhold recertification of the agreement, and turn the issue over to Congress, which would have 60 days to reimpose the sanctions lifted after the nuclear deal was made.

There are also reports the Trump administration may designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, NBC News reported.

An unnamed U.S. official told NBC News the remarks were "an aggressive indictment" of Iran, and were "setting the stage" for Trump's expected announcement Friday.

"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, NBC News reported. "They're the vanguard of a pernicious empire that is expanding its power and influence across the Middle East."

"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 when you look at the death and destruction inflicted in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq by Tehran and its proxies, the threat is clear: Iran is mounting a ruthless drive to be the hegemonic power in the region."

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In the address at the University of Texas in Austin, CIA Director Michael Pompeo described Iran as a "thuggish police state" and a "despotic theocracy," comparing its ambitions to ISIS, NBC News reported.
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