Pompeo threatens Iran with the 'strongest sanctions in history'

22 May, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Anita Tucker
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"Pompeo's [strategy] which reflects the determination to confront the danger of Iranian policies that undermine security and stability in the region and to overcome the shortcomings of the nuclear agreement. It aspires to achieve nuclear weapons by various means", Netanyahu said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the U.S. is imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran. Iran has been lobbying for the European Union to make direct deposits into Iran's Central Bank to pay for Iranian oil, CaƱete said. Speaking of the commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, America's top diplomat said he "has been playing with house money that has become blood money; wealth created by the West has fueled his campaign".

"We believe this is the right policy".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was supposed to announce the Plan B for Iran - how we were going to fix the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by exiting the deal without our allies.

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The new demands also state that Iran will be required to pull out completely from Syria, end support for Houthi militias in Yemen, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and allow the disarming of Shia militias in Iraq. "At the end of the day, the Iranian people will put a time line" on their government, he said.

The prime minister said that if Tehran genuinely wanted to pursue a peaceful nuclear program, it would "not need a single centrifuge". Vowing to make them the strongest sanctions in history, he did not explain how US unilateral sanctions could be stronger than the multilateral sanctions that brought Iran to the table in the first place.

Among the items on Pompeo's wish list is a full acknowledgment of Iran's previous attempts to develop a nuclear weapon. The move came shortly after Netanyahu said earlier this month that Israel had obtained 100,000 paper and digital documents, which, he said, irrefutably prove that Iran's nuclear program had a secret military component, codenamed "Project Amad".

Zarif said America was "regressing to old habits" but his country was working with other partners to the nuclear deal in order to find a solution.

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'The sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that rejoins the league of nations, ' U.S. Secretary of State said.

The administration billed the speech, Pompeo's first policy address as secretary of state, as an articulation of Trump's new strategy toward Iran less than a month after he ignored the pleas of US allies and withdrew from the nuclear accord. We have failed to do any of this to date, and it is entirely unclear why we could not have remained in the JCPOA. Trump's threats, since December, to abandon the nuclear accord have helped cause the rial, Iran's currency, to lose a third of its value.

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" "But you should know that we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account". The French energy giant Total announced last week that it would pull out of a gas deal it signed with Iran and begin winding down its current operations in the country if it did not receive a waiver from the US allowing it to go ahead with the projects. We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them. The Islamic Republic "will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East". He said the length of the list was simple testament to the "scope of the malign behavior of Iran".

Under the new demands, Iran must declare the military dimensions of its nuclear programme and "permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity", stop uranium enrichment and allow global inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country".

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"We call on the entire worldwide community to join this American position", Netanyahu said on Monday.

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