Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mike Pompeo said that Iran continues to increase its influence in the Middle East region and remains the main state sponsor of terrorism, according to News.Az website.
"In Iran, we face an adversary on the march," he believes. "Unlike ISIS and its mirage of a caliphate, Iran is a powerful nation-state that remains the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism", Pompeo said.
He added that its strength and influence have increased notably in recent years, especially when you look at what’s happening in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.
"Tehran clearly aspires to be the hegemonic power in the region. And though we’re currently focused on destroying ISIS, Iran presents our biggest Mideast challenge over the long term," he stressed.
Earlier, US president's national security adviser Herbert McMaster said that the international community has to make concerted efforts to confront Iran in the Middle East.