US Takes Aim at China, Iran, Russia Over Treaty Violations

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a conference of the German Marshall Fund of the United States on “Reforming the Rules-Based International Order”, in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 4, 2018. (Credit VOA News)

BRUSSELS —  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at China, Iran, Russia and others on Tuesday for violating numerous treaties and multistate agreements, and he questioned whether many pillars of international trade and diplomacy are still relevant.

Pompeo said the Trump administration is no longer willing to accept such transgressions and is acting to reform institutions that have formed the basis of the post-World War II global order. He said a lack of American and European leadership over the last 30 years had contributed to the malaise.

“After the Cold War ended, we allowed this liberal order to begin to corrode: It failed us, and it failed you,” he said in a speech to the German Marshall Fund in Brussels.

He lamented that conventional wisdom had concluded that “the more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are” and “the more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.