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Donald Trump has come under criticism for meeting with Kim Jong-un and withdrawing America from the Iran nuclear deal. But, in this essay for Foreign Affairs, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo explains how Trump’s strategy of “disruptive boldness” will put “maximum pressure” on these rogue nations. Though Pompeo fails to address some key criticisms of Trump’s approach, he persuasively argues why the president’s policy will succeed in bringing Iran and North Korea to heel. getAbstract recommends this article to those looking for a deeper understanding of Trump’s approach toward Iran and North Korea.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Trump administration is approaching “outlaw states” and
  • How Ronald Reagan’s Soviet strategy informs the Trump administration’s policy. 
 

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Michael R. Pompeo is the 70th United States Secretary of State.

 

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“Outlaw regimes” like North Korea and Iran pose some of the biggest threats to America’s national security today. Both countries have aggressively pursued weapons programs which defy international law and arms control agreements signed with the United States. In the case of Iran, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) spearheaded by the Obama administration only emboldened Tehran to intensify its clandestine operations, including the funding of terrorism around the world.


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