Trump's new State Department hawk could be bad news for Iran

Trump's new State Department hawk could be bad news for Iran

Unlike Tillerson, he has managed to keep his self-respect light on while still effectively steering the largest Cabinet department and not alienating the president.

One of the key points on which the two men disagreed was Iran. His new Secretary of State, Pompeo, is known to have a much stricter position against Tehran and its nuclear capabilities than Tillerson did.

Tillerson was also thought to have made a major concession to China when he publicly repeated Beijing's rhetoric about the Sino-US relationship during his first trip to the country.

"Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State".

"When they say it, it means it's a long-term objective". In December, European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini noted Henry Kissinger's famous question of who the United States should call to talk to Europe and said that Europe now has the same question about Washington. "South Korea is in a desperate position to find out what Tillerson's departure implies and come up with appropriate measures". He was overthrown eight years later.

He is finding his feet and no doubt wondering where next to take them. The State Department doesn't have a permanent ambassador in Seoul, or a confirmed assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. There will be little impact, at least directly, on global supply or prices. JCPOA, or some form of it, could survive between Iran and the rest of the international community. Remember, this is a president who has openly stated that only his views matter when it comes to foreign policy. Once Trump figured that out there was nothing the so-called adults could do to stop the president. "The United States is working together with our allies and partners to ensure that this kind of abhorrent attack does not happen again". "Kim Jong Un will think of denuclearization as a process, a movement toward a certain direction".

Yet North Korea's u-turn illustrates an aspect of mutual deterrence: it can encourage talks and even disarmament. Trump says 'I'm going to handle the problem.' But if the Republicans lose control of Congress in 2018, it might be difficult for him to pursue his goal. As the days pass, though, my doubt grows that this meeting will happen. Trump has often muddied the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, declaring that while Russia interfered, others likely did as well. Trump quickly insisted that he hadn't given away the store. President Moon Jae-in, a South Korean dove, has been marginalized by Trump's hard line and by Kim Jong-un's contemptuous rejection of any high-level contact since Moon's election. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. How big an element remains to be seen. "Meeting being planned!" Trump tweeted Thursday.

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