William D. Burns

Pompeo may be even more hawkish on Iran than Trump, a bad sign for the Iran nuclear deal

Pompeo may be even more hawkish on Iran than Trump, a bad sign for the Iran nuclear deal

President Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of State probably augurs the end of the 2015 accord that has blocked Iran from building nuclear weapons, an agreement praised by world powers but detested by Trump — and by Pompeo, a notable hawk on the Islamic Republic.

Trump has set a May 12 deadline to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord unless European allies “fix” it, a prospect that appears unlikely. The president also has agreed to meet in May with Kim Jong Un to try to persuade the North Korean leader to surrender his already large nuclear arsenal, which seems even more remote.

Juggling two powerful adversaries in torturous nuclear diplomacy would stress any...

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