U.S State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump will increase pressure on Iran, reiterating that the designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization "was a simple recognition of reality".
"I can assure the rest of the world that President Trump will continue to ratchet up the pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran so that their behavior will change," Pompeo said in his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"We know that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s authoritarian regime will continue to use their nation’s resources to proliferate conflict in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and beyond. It will continue to bankroll terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah," Pompeo said.
"The United States will therefore work together with our allies and partners to counter Tehran’s aggressive actions to undermine peace and security in the Middle East and beyond," he added.
Pompeo pointed out to the ties linking Iran and Al-Qaeda group, affirming that the connection between the two sides is very real.
"They have hosted Al-Qaeda, they have permitted Al-Qaeda to transit their country," he said.
"There is no doubt there is a connection between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Al-Qaeda. Period, full stop," he said.