May 17, 2019 20:13 Asia/Tehran
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The chairmen of three congressional committees on national security pressed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to explain whether a Trump administration arms control report was politicized and slanted assessments about Iran.

Iran Press/America: The chairmen of Foreign Affairs, Armed Services and Intelligence committees in the US House of Representatives –– all Democrats –– asked Pompeo in a letter to provide a Department of State briefing and documents no later than May 23.

The letter cited a Reuters story from April 17 that reported how the administration’s annual report to Congress assessing compliance with arms control agreements provoked a dispute with US intelligence agencies and some State Department officials.

The dissenting officials, sources said, were concerned that the document politicized and skewed assessments against Iran, Reuters reported.

"Our nation knows all too well the perils of ignoring and ‘cherry-picking’ intelligence in foreign policy and national security decisions," the chairmen said in their letter. They referred to the selective use of intelligence to justify the march to war in Iraq in 2003.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The letter signed by Chairmen Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Adam Smith of Armed Services and Adam Schiff of Intelligence also questioned why the unclassified report was only 12 pages compared to 45 the previous year.

The White House's warmongering and threatening policies and actions have been met with a negative reaction from US officials as well as European governments.

However, officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran have consistently emphasized that any US warlike action will face a proportional response.

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations says the Islamic Republic is not interested in escalating regional tensions but has the 'right to defend ourselves.'

According to Iran Press news agency, Takht-e Ravanchi says: “We are not interested in the escalation of tensions in our region. If something goes wrong, everyone loses.”105/207



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