Pompeo says Iran Sanctions to Be 'Strongest in History'

Top Photo | Journalists attend a press conference of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, at the Royal Terminal of King Khaled airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 29, 2018.

Zarif wrote: "It repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards".

The head of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy committee in parliament said that the only way to salvage the nuclear deal would be for the European signatories to stand up to the United States.

Iran's uprising undeniably showcased unprecedented public expressions of desire for regime change.

The Iranian ILNA news site also carried a statement on Monday from the foreign ministry in Tehran, which said Pompeo's remarks revealed the "poor intelligence, weak oversight, analytical backwardness and confusion in decision-making processes in the United States". "We will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account", he said, dashing all hope of finding a way forward that doesn't pitch Europe against Washington.

Describing the demands as "very basic requirements" that were not "unreasonable", the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency laid out a list of 12 concessions Washington was seeking from Tehran in order for the nuclear deal to be put back on track. US experts said their country is making a full-on effort to force Iran's hand.

The older United States sanctions prohibited nearly all trade with Iran.

Sanctions would be lifted, Pompeo said, only when Iran withdraws its forces from Syria, ends support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, and disarms Shia militias in Iraq. "The global community expects all sides to keep the commitments they made more than two years ago", she added.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded sweeping changes that would force Iran effectively to reverse the recent spread of its military and political influence through the Middle East to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8 already provoked a barrage of criticism directed at the Iranian president.

He warned that the USA would "crush" Iranian operatives and allies overseas and told Tehran to pull out forces under its command from the Syrian civil war where they back President Bashar Assad.

In particular, Ulyanov pointed out that contrary to USA demands it was impossible for Iran to terminate the recycling of plutonium.

"Iran must end support for Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad". He said he did not have a timeline, but that the administration would send envoys around the world in coming weeks to explain the plan. A new pact should require that Iran stop enrichment of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the previous deal.

"U.S. industry also had no interest in seeing contacts with us worsened indirectly via the policies directed at Iran", Gahler told broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

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

"The regime has been fighting all over the Middle East for years", he said at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. The pressure that brought about the JCPOA deal that President Trump has now abandoned was long-standing and widely supported.

Any new agreement would ensure that Iran "never acquires a nuclear weapon, and will deter the regime's malign behavior in a way the (2015 deal) never could", he said.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araghchi who was one of the key negotiators in the nuclear talks with the world powers has told Spanish El Pais that the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal will lead to its isolation in the worldwide arena, adding that if they try to link JCPOA to other issues, they will lose the agreement and make it more complicated to resolve the rest of the issues.

  • Angelo Rivera