US Boosts Pressure on Tehran, As EU Seeks to Engage With Regime

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok in The Hague. (Photo by Remko de Waal/AFP via Getty Images)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok in The Hague. (Photo by Remko de Waal/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions on Iranian regime officials ahead of elections on Friday, but as the administration steps up its “maximum pressure” campaign, two of Pompeo’s European counterparts are heading for Tehran for talks with the leadership.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok is scheduled to meet with President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Friday, shortly before Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg pays a similar visit.

As it happens, both of their governments have in recent years been caught up in Iranian regime terror operations on European soil.

Iran on Friday holds legislative elections which, as customary, have seen the Guardian Council – a small body appointed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – disqualify a large number of potential candidates.

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