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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't hold back in a war of words against Iran's leaders on Sunday, comparing them to the 'mafia' and 'wolves in sheep's clothing'.
Pompeo was in California giving a speech to a largely Iranian-American audience when he hit out at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
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The secretary, who spoke just hours before Donald Trump issued an extraordinary warning to Iran, called Rouhani and Zarif 'merely polished front men for the ayatollahs' international con artistry'.
Pompeo also attacked Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, and claimed he had a personal hedge fund worth $95billion.
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He went on to claim that the fund was untaxed and used to fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
'The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than the government,' Pompeo said.
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'These hypocritical holy men have devised all kinds of crooked schemes to become some of the wealthiest men on Earth while their people suffer.'
Pompeo's speech was the latest step in a communications offensive launched by the Trump administration meant to instigate unrest in Iran and help pressure the government to end its nuclear program and support of militant groups, US officials familiar with the matter said.
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Donald Trump withdrew in May from the 2015 nuclear accord designed to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Tehran has said its nuclear work is just for electricity generation and other peaceful projects.
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'The ideologues who forcibly came to power in 1979 and remain in power today are driven by a desire to conform all of Iranian society to the tenants of the Islamic Revolution,' Pompeo said.
'The regime is also committed to spreading the Revolution to other countries, by force if necessary.'
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'To the regime, prosperity, security, and...
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