Pompeo says Al Qaeda’s ‘new home base’ is Iran with no evidence

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2021

The delegation, led by First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun, met with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati.

In an update Tuesday, Pompeo announced sanctions on Iran based al-Qaeda leaders, putting a bounty on the heads of the terrorist group's leaders.

The claims have been largely rejected by security analysts, who say the deep political divisions between the two have made them embittered enemies.

"Iran is our main artery for funds personnel and communication. Unless you are forced to", the letter read, as quoted by Pompeo.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has taken to Twitter to berate the USA secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, after reports emerged that the top American diplomat has accused Tehran of having links with al-Qaeda.

In a speech a week before leaving office, Pompeo confirmed a New York Times report that Al-Qaeda's second-in-command was killed past year in Tehran, although he did not say that Israel carried it out.

"Iran chose to allow Al Qaeda to establish a new operational headquarters, on the condition that Al Qaeda operatives inside abide by the regime's rules governing Al Qaeda's stay inside the country", he said.

He described Iran as the "new Afghanistan" as a hub for Al Qaeda and warned that, in many ways, the situation in Iran is worse than when Al Qaeda was based in Afghanistan.

Pompeo himself has previously made the allegations as well, without offering concrete evidence. The Islamic Republic has apparently sought to increase its leverage over Seoul ahead of negotiations over billions of dollars in Iranian assets frozen in South Korean banks tied to US sanctions on Iran.

The US flew B-52 bombers over the Gulf three times in December, in what the Trump administration called a deterrence measure to keep Iran from retaliations on the anniversary of the US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

In 2018, he withdrew from the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark accord signed during President Barack Obama's administration that saw Iran limit its nuclear enrichment in exchange for a lifting of global sanctions.

Iran demands the removal of the so-called snapback mechanism in its nuclear accord, which could revive all United Nations sanctions against Tehran, in the event of new talks with world powers, a senior aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

Since President-elect Joe Biden won November's election, the White House has been trying to create a wedge between Tehran and the incoming Biden team, which seeks to return to the Iran nuclear deal and lift sanctions.

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