US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press briefing at UN headquarters in New York City, New York, US, July 20, 2018. (Reuters)

August 2, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said Washington would continue to enforce sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions on Iran have been effective and “we will enforce them” everywhere, he said.

Pompeo was speaking at a regional youth leadership program in the Thai capital of Bangkok during a wider meeting of Southeast Asian nations with world powers.

Pompeo also said “decades of bad behavior”” from China have hampered free trade and prompted tariffs and other action from Washington.

US criticism of China has been a running theme at the Bangkok forum, even as US negotiators wrapped up another round of trade talks in Shanghai this week and Washington announced new tariffs on Chinese goods in an ongoing trade war.

Reuters

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