US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as US President Donald Trump addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on American allies Thursday to help impose economic pressure on Iran, and accused Tehran of continuing to sell weapons in the Middle East despite United Nations resolutions.In May, the United States pulled out of a multinational deal that lifted many sanctions against Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear program.So far it has proven difficult to offset the impact of U.S. sanctions, with European firms reluctant to risk far-reaching U.S. financial penalties to do business in Iran.Earlier on Thursday, Trump was asked at a NATO news conference about rising tensions with Iran and replied:In Saudi Arabia, the officials discussed U.S. oil sanctions to deny Iran revenue, maintaining a well-stocked oil market to guard against volatility and helping partners find alternatives to Iran oil, the official said.
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