J-Street condemns Pompeo speech

J-Street, AIPAC present opposing opinions on Trump Administration's Iran policy.

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J-Street, the left-wing advocacy group which bills itself as "pro-Israel and pro-peace," condemned the speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he laid out the Trump Administration's Iran policy.

“Let’s be clear: Today, it’s the US alone that is in violation of the historic JCPOA arms control agreement.. Under the guidance of his new war cabinet, the president has demanded Iran’s complete and unconditional capitulation on a maximalist list of demands – an approach that is a recipe for confrontation and war," said Dylan Williams, J-Street's vice president of government affairs.

“The only way now to ensure that a profoundly unfit president and his regime change-obsessed advisers cannot bring about another costly and bloody war of choice is for Congress to exercise its constitutional duty to act as a check on the president,” Williams added. “Congress must make clear that the president does not now have its authorization for the use of military force against Iran.”

AIPAC, the mainstream pro-Israel lobby, welcomed Pompeo's speech,

“We welcome @SecPompeo’s important speech on Iran today, in which he outlined a comprehensive US policy to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon and to confront its regional aggression," AIPAC wrote on Twitter.

In his speech, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo detailed twelve steps Iran must take to reach a new agreement with the United States, including the complete dismantling of its nuclear program, the end of ballistic missile tests, the cessation of terrorism across the Middle East and around the world, and a complete withdrawal from Syria.

Pompeo warned that if Iran did not comply with the United States' demands, it would face the "strongest sanctions in history."