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Pompeo Accuses Newsweek of "Fake News" About Iran Sanctions

Mike Pompeo, the United States secretary of state, in response to Newsweek’s article which had edited his interview with BBC Persian and misquoted him, said on his Twitter account:

Shame on FakeNewsweek for helping Javad Zarif spread lies. The truth is: the U.S. does not, and never did, sanction food and medicine. They are exempt from sanctions, as are financial transactions related to humanitarian needs.





Newsweek claimed that Pompeo had said: "if the leaders of Iran want to feed their people, they must listen to the United States." This claim was picked up by many pro-regime media.

His original comment was: "It is the Ayatollah that decided whether to use their funds to import drugs and feed the Iranian people, or instead to use those funds to pay Soleimani (IRGC's Qods force commander). 

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