Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked the UN Security Council on August 20 to stop Iran’s belligerent actions in order to prevent consequences that could cost human lives. “Greater cooperation in the Middle East is needed more than ever,” he said.

Pompeo mentioned among other challenges in the region the one posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran which continues “to foment terror and unrest in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen with devastating humanitarian consequences”, according to a State Department report.

He justified the intervention by listing Iran’s aggressive actions since July 1, including surpassing the limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile, the attacks by the Iran-backed Houthis on the Abha airport in Saudi Arabia, and the seizures of oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

The secretary of state included in his list that Iran test-fired a ballistic missile in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

“Failing to confront [the] Iranian regime’s malign activities will only grow the regime’s multicontinental body count spanning the last 40 years,” Pompeo told reporters after the session, according to VOA.

At the same meeting, he gave an account of the results obtained thanks to the intervention of the United States in the region, mentioning the dismantling of ISIS with the help of 79 allies. He also referred to the search for peace in Yemen and the rapprochement between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

He also mentioned the participation of the State Department as host of the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom last month, seeking the protection of religious minorities in the Middle East.