Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, May 23, 2018. (Reuters)

July 9, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Washington would stop possible Iranian oil exports to its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon.

“We’ll do everything we can to make sure that Iran cannot continue to sell crude oil anywhere, including to Hezbollah in the region so that the resources that fund and underwrite the world’s largest state sponsor of terror won’t be made available to them,” Pompeo told a news conference in Washington on Wednesday.

“That would be unacceptable for them to do that,” he said in response to a question on Iran possibly sending oil to Lebanon.

“Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and we are supportive of Lebanon as long as they get the reforms right and they are not a proxy state for Iran in Lebanon,” he added.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday that his group was in discussion with the government about Iran supplying refined oil products to Lebanon in exchange for Lebanese pounds.

During his press conference Wednesday, Pompeo also urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran and said the US and partner forces last month seized a vessel carrying arms to Houthi militias in Yemen.

“The Security Council must extend the arms embargo on Iran to prevent further conflict in the region,” he said.

“No serious person can possibly believe Iran will use any weapon it receives for peaceful ends.”

Asharq Al-Awsat

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