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Secretary of State Pompeo defends waivers to Iran sanctions

AP  |  Washington 

is defending the Trump administration's reimposition of from conservative critics who argue more should be done to isolate the country.

In an interview with "Sunday," refused to reveal which countries received waivers from US sanctions to continue importing Iranian

But he said the eight unidentified nations "need a little bit more time to get to zero."

He would not rule out the extending the waivers beyond six months maintained that despite the waivers, "these sanctions have already had an enormous impact."

He added that Trump's policy of "maximum pressure will be fully in place as of tomorrow."

removed the US from the 2015 nuclear deal earlier this year, triggering the sanctions being imposed Monday.

Pompeo said they are designed to "alter the Iranian regime's behavior," especially its support of terrorist groups like Hezbollah.

Speaking to CBS' "Face the Nation" Pompeo said he was "confident" that would not restart its nuclear program with the U.S. withdrawing from the deal.

Pompeo and were expected to provide more details on the sanctions at a briefing Monday.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 21:10 IST