Mike Pompeo Threatens to Impose the 'Strongest Sanctions in History' on Iran

23 May, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Mike Pompeo Threatens to Impose the 'Strongest Sanctions in History' on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the U.S. is imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran.

"That's nonsense, nothing can be agreed on this basis", he said from Vienna in a video conference.

French President Emmanuel Macron last week acknowledged the dilemma faced by firms choosing between trading with the biggest economy in the world, the United States, and risking sanctions and massive fines by trading with Iran.

In a speech on Monday from Washington, Pompeo listed several demands that would be included in an updated nuclear treaty with Tehran.

Pompeo vowed to crank up the pressure on Iran with "the strongest sanctions in history", saying the United States wanted "the support of our most important allies and partners in the region and around the globe" to implement it.

On Friday, the European Commission launched "the blocking statute" process to protect Europeans from USA sanctions on Iran as part of efforts to preserve the nuclear deal with Tehran.

"The situation has not changed for us". "The world today does not accept that the United States decides for the world". Perhaps President Trump and his staunchly anti-Iran advisers are hoping that these confrontations between Rouhani and Iran's powerful hardliners may eventually lead to a much desired "regime change" in the country. That is their decision to make. A bad decision such as imposing even tougher sanctions on Iran, an attempt at regime change, or a military strike of any sort would push the country towards a military theocracy far more repressive and uncompromising than before both at home and overseas.

"Secretary Pompeo's speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA has made or will make the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation or how it puts us in a better position to influence Iran's conduct in areas outside the scope of JCPOA", Mogherini stressed.


Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters the military was looking at potential actions to push back against Iran's regional military influence as part of a larger U.S. government response.

"If you try now to fold all those issues - the ballistic missiles, Iran's misbehavior, Iran's disruptive activity in the region and the nuclear question - if you try to fold all those into a giant negotiation, I don't see that being very easy to achieve, in anything like a reasonable timetable", Johnson said.

But they made concessions along the way on issues they considered less important than the goal of setting future limits on Iran's nuclear deal and getting worldwide inspectors to monitor it. "It probably will take a significant amount of time to get a genuine fix for the other Iranian problems", he said. Pompeo said that the long list of demands was Iran's fault, and that crippling sanctions would bring them back to the negotiating table. "And one can not help but think that is the strategy and the goal".

Maas said he will travel to Washington to talk with Pompeo this week.

Javad Zarif said America was "regressing to old habits".

Mahaffee said that Pompeo laid out a comprehensive plan to push back against Iranian power in the Middle East and did so with a willingness to confront European allies' interests in improved economic ties with Iran. Previous US officials and the Europeans consider them relative pragmatists who are less dogmatic than the radical theocrats.

Whatever Trump may eventually decide to do, he should not claim to do it in the name of "the long-suffering people of Iran".

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