U.S. President Donald Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran, the White House stressed in a statement.
"It is the culmination of nine months of deliberation with Congress and our allies on how to best protect American security," read the statement.
According to the White House, the United States’ new Iran strategy focuses on neutralizing the Government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.
"We will work to deny the Iranian regime – and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people," it added. "Most importantly, we will deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon."
The reckless behavior of the Iranian regime, and the IRGC in particular, poses one of the most dangerous threats to the interests of the United States and to regional stability, the statement outlined.
The White House also noted that, over the last decade and a half, the United States policy has also consistently prioritized the immediate threat of Sunni extremist organizations over the longer-term threat of Iranian-backed militancy.
"In doing so, the United States has neglected Iran’s steady expansion of proxy forces and terrorist networks aimed at keeping its neighbors weak and unstable in hopes of dominating the greater Middle East," it stressed. "Recently, the Iranian regime has accelerated the seeding of these networks with increasingly destructive weapons as they try to establish a bridge from Iran to Lebanon and Syria."