- The report was presented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a news conference.
- It accused Iran of "a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to [terrorist] groups around the world – particularly Hezbollah."
- Pompeo also called the Islamic Republic of Iran the main supporter of anti-Semitism in the world.
In its annual report, released on Wednesday, the US State Department described the Islamic Republic of Iran as the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. According to the report, “traces of Iran’s support for terrorism can be traced from Gaza to Pakistan.”
The report was presented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a news conference. The State Department report also discusses Washington’s policy of maximum pressure on Iran, and new sanctions against the Islamic Republic. One US move was to put the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Quds Force on the list of terrorist groups in April last year.
This was the first time the United States had included part of a sovereign government on the list of foreign terrorist organizations. US President Donald Trump at the time called the Revolutionary Guards the Islamic Republic’s main tool for directing and carrying out the international campaign of terrorism.
The report accused the Islamic Republic of “intensifying unrest and violence, either directly or through proxy groups in Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen.” The report also referred to Iran as a “supporter of the state of terrorism,” which it has since 1984.
It accused Iran of “a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to [terrorist] groups around the world – particularly Hezbollah.” The report also details Iran’s support for Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and terrorist groups in Iraq. “Terrorist activities have continued,” the report says.
The State Department said in a statement that Iran was under pressure due to extensive US sanctions, and that “the Islamic Republic’s financial support for groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas has dropped significantly.”
The State Department report also cites the Islamic Republic’s cyber-attack programs, saying that Iran continues to support cyberattacks on foreign governments and the private sector. In the report, the United States accused the Islamic Republic of carrying out terrorist operations in various parts of the world, including North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, in 2019.
The tensions between Tehran and Washington, which were felt in 2019, escalated earlier this year with a US military drone operation to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force in Iraq, raising concerns about the Iran-US war.
Iran Leading Supporter of anti-Semitism in the World
The annual conference of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) was held online this year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of the speakers at the conference. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the leader of the World Muslim League are also addressed the conference.
Pompeo spoke online at the annual conference of the AJC, according to a report. In his speech, the US Secretary of State stated that the United States would not allow the Islamic Republic to equip itself with nuclear warfare in any way.
Pompeo called the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal a “principled policy,” and stressed that it would continue to pursue its policy of maximum pressure on the leaders of the Islamic Republic. Pompeo also called the Islamic Republic of Iran the main supporter of anti-Semitism in the world.