Donald Trump Is Building A New Liberal Order, Says Mike Pompeo

Iran becomes world missile power despite sanctions: Defence Minister

Pompeo is in Brussels for talks among foreign ministers at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, where Trump has accused European members of failing to spend enough on their own defence and relying too much on Washington.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran had test launched a medium-range ballistic missile that was capable of carrying multiple warheads in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

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"We are rallying the noble nations of the world to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity for all".

The speech drew polite applause from the audience in Brussels but also sharp criticism from some quarters.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, expressed frustration on Tuesday with the continued defiance of UN Security Council resolutions by the regime in Tehran.

"Secretary Pompeo seems to fundamentally misunderstand the nature of worldwide politics", he said.

Pompeo said the United States was pushing the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to reduce funding to countries such as China, saying they already had access to financial markets to raise capital. Russia, he said, is violating key arms control treaties and undermining the sovereignty of its neighbors, while Iran is flouting U.N. Security Council resolutions. Russian Federation denies violation of the pact.

"International bodies must help facilitate cooperation that bolsters the security and values of the free world, or they must be reformed or eliminated", Pompeo said. "Words should mean something".

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Hook said United States discussions with the Europeans about missile sanctions are gaining traction.

The Trump administration has been accused by friends and foes alike of attacking the global order with its unilateral approach to many issues.

The remarks from Paris and London will be seen by the U.S. government as the first sign that its key European partners may yet be persuaded to view Iran's broader behaviour as so risky that their support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal can no longer be justified.

In a speech to the German Marshall Fund in Brussels, Mr Pompeo said the U.S. would call out "bad actors" that have exploited loopholes in these organisations for their own gain.

The U.S. envoy said that Trump's campaign of "maximum pressure" on Tehran since withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers in May "can be effective if more nations can join us in those [sanctions]".

At a presentation on Thursday, Brian Hook, the United States special representative on Iran, attacked the US's European allies, saying that since leaving the deal USA officials had found "freedom and leverage" to tackle Iran's regional influence, and he chided other nations for not getting on board.

"This project will require actual, not pretend, restoration of the liberal order among nations".

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office told the pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom daily that the sit-down with Pompeo was "urgent".

Pompeo's remarks were delivered to an organization named for one of his predecessors, George Marshall, the secretary of state who championed the reconstruction of post-war Europe and the creation of the rules-based system that Trump is now questioning.

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