Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Pompeo threatens Iran with the 'strongest sanctions in history'

Pompeo threatens Iran with the 'strongest sanctions in history'

Pompeo, unveiling the administration's new policy just weeks after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, said the USA will work to counter Tehran's regional activities, curb its influence in the Middle East and make sure that it never gains a nuclear weapon.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched a personal attack on Mike Pompeo, questioning his credibility as a former Central Intelligence Agency chief to make decisions for Iran and the world.

"The sting of sanctions will only grow more painful if the regime does not change course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen for itself and the people 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". While past USA presidents sanctioned Iran for a variety of bad behavior - ranging from its sponsorship of terrorism to its human rights abuses - Obama by his second term offered to lift the most biting ones in exchange for nuclear concessions.

Mr Pompeo also said the United States would work with allies to counter Iran in the cyberspace, despite announcing that it will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The demands ranged from ending military aid to Middle East militias and closing down its ballistic-missile program to permanently abandoning uranium enrichment and releasing all foreign detainees. "Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions", Iran's top diplomat tweeted. "It's on the table, we're not going to rule out anything necessary in order to address Iran", Manning said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is threatening to place "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran. "But you know, we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account".

Iran dismissed Washington's ultimatum and a senior Iranian official said it showed the United States was seeking "regime change" in Iran.

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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Mr Pompeo had not demonstrated in his speech how abandoning the deal made the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation.

A staunch opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu again showered US President Donald Trump with praise for pulling out of the deal on May 8. He said Iran would "allow for this era of extremism to pass".

In his remarks, Pompeo had threatened punishing sanctions against Tehran unless it amends its ways.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the sort of "jumbo Iran deal" Pompeo envisioned would not be "very easy to achieve in anything like a reasonable timescale".

The deal was also signed by Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation.

President Barack Obama said the only alternative to the weak-kneed deal was war, and some Trump critics have said his abandonment of the deal could send Iran scurrying to get its nukes, something that would now take about a year as compared to maybe three months before the deal. Maloney said she supports regime change in Iran. He also demanded Iran release all USA citizens imprisoned on a variety of charges, including espionage, as well as citizens of countries allied with the U.S. Pompeo noted the list of demands may seem long, but placed the blame for the long list on Iran's malign activity including holding USA citizens hostage.

"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".

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