Pompeo vows heavy-handed approach to Iran

Boris Johnson has warned that Donald Trump's demands for a new'jumbo Iran nuclear deal will be'very very difficult to achieve

Mike Pompeo Promises 'Strongest Sanctions In History' On Iran

Iran's foreign minister denounced Pompeo's speech as a "diplomacy sham" while President Hassan Rouhani said the US was no longer in a position could not decide for Iran.

In a speech that attempted to lay out the Trump administration's strategy on Iran after quitting the nuclear deal it agreed with other major powers in 2015, the secretary of state warned that the USA would not just reimpose all the sanctions that were in place before the deal, but also pile additional punitive measures.

"We welcome any nation which is sick and exhausted of the nuclear threats, the terrorism, the missile proliferation and the brutality of a regime at peace with inflicting chaos on innocent people", Mr Pompeo said.

Some good has come out of the Iranian deal, such as Iran sending Russian Federation much of its super-enriched uranium while getting all kinds of natural uranium back, but it was Obama who facilitated the US departure. If Iran complies, Pompeo said the Trump administration would support a treaty agreement (something Obama did not do) that would give Iran access to American markets and full diplomatic recognition.

The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has stressed that there is no "alternative" to the Iran nuclear deal, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed "painful" sanctions against Tehran.

KELEMEN: Well, he laid out a list of demands - 12 of them to be exact - not just about an end to Iran's uranium enrichment program, but also an end to its ballistic missile program, support for Hezbollah, Hamas, Shia militias in Iraq, Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Pompeo also demanded that Iran cease from a range of activities throughout the Middle East that have long drawn the ire of the USA and its allies.

"I believe if the European Union helps us and honors its statements, the level of Iran's oil exports will remain intact and this would not be a reason for changing a decision made in the past", Zanganeh said. He said the USA would take "all necessary steps" to contain Iran, but declined to provide specifics.

The re-establishment of the USA punitive measures will likely force European companies to choose between investing in Iran or trading with the United States.

"US diplomacy sham is merely a regression to old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies-dictated by corrupt Special Interest-it repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards". The worldwide community, including top USA officials, have said Tehran had been in compliance. In an interview with Fars News, Iranian parliamentarian Mohammad Dehghan said the United States wants three things from Iran, which Europe also wants: Iran's nuclear program limited permanently, Iran's missile capabilities limited and Iran to pull back on its regional influence.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled a list of 12 requirements Iran must meet to avoid sanctions threatened to be'the strongest in history

"Uniting (our) efforts is the correct path for Iran to realize the futility of its incursions and expansionism", tweeted Gargash.

"I will actually travel to Washington to have a meeting with Secretary Pompeo, and take advantage of that meeting to talk about this", said Maas in reference to Pompeo's remarks.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that countries with nuclear weapons were "threatening the world", and criticised the United States's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

In early May, Trump terminated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reimposed the sanctions suspended under the agreement.

The re-establishment of USA sanctions will force European companies to choose between investing in Iran or trading with the United States. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson remarked: "The prospect of a new jumbo Iran treaty is going to be very, very hard".

"A guy who had been active in an espionage center for years now wants to make a decision for Iran and other countries from the position of a foreign minister". However, most importantly, the Obama team wanted to stop Iran from being able to build a nuclear weapon in weeks, which is exactly what the nuclear deal did, although that outcome is now uncertain.

Asked how the USA will work with European nations to ease the impact of sanctions on their companies, Pompeo gave no ground. European Council President Donald Tusk groused recently.

In return, sanctions imposed by the UN, US and European Union that had crippled Iran's economy were lifted.

For the time being, many European diplomats hope they can find loopholes for certain companies to continue doing business with Iran, by using small German banks for transactions, for instance.

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