President Joe Biden's nominee for the post of US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, revealed during her confirmation hearing in the Senate that the Department of State is reviewing the possibility of designating the actions of the Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang region as "genocide and crimes against humanity".
"I know that the State Department is reviewing that as we speak. What they are doing is horrific and I look forward to seeing the results of the review that is being done", Thomas-Greenfield said.
'New' US Foreign Policies: Pressure Iran and Respond 'Aggressively' to Russia
The Democrat's nominee for the prominent diplomatic post also revealed that the Department of State is planning to increase pressure on Iran after the Biden administration suggested that it would be striking a new nuclear deal with the country According to Thomas-Greenfield, the US plans to apply this pressure with help not only from allies, but also from China and Russia, who have previously refused to join the "maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic that was initiated by President Donald Trump in 2018 after he abandoned the Iran nuclear deal.
"As the ambassador to the United Nations, if I'm confirmed, I will work to ensure that we get the support of our allies, but to see where we can find common ground with the Russians and the Chinese to put more pressure on the Iranians to push them back into strict compliance", Thomas-Greenfield said.
Biden's UN envoy nominee also lifted the veil on the new administration's planned policy towards Russia during her confirmation hearing. Thomas-Greenfield claimed that Moscow's alleged actions towards the US are "adversarial" and suggested that Washington must respond to them "aggressively". The nominee for the diplomatic post clarified that she was referring to past allegations about purported Russian cyberattacks against American companies and government agencies, attempts at election meddling, as well as domestic human rights violations – none of which the US has proven by showing evidence.