Mike Pompeo Promises 'Strongest Sanctions In History' On Iran


Pompeo issued Monday a lengthy list of demands the U.S.is seeking to include in a new nuclear deal with Iran after President Donald Trump exited Washington from the landmark accord brokered by his predecessor and world powers.

The speech did not explicitly call for regime change but Pompeo repeatedly urged the Iranian people not to put up with their leaders, including President Hassan Rouhani and foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced future harsh US economic sanctions against Iran in his speech for the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

Pompeo said on Monday here that Iran will suffer the toughest sanctions in history from the United States if it does not change the current course.

Pompeo demanded Iran "permanently and verifiably abandon" its nuclear work "in perpetuity", provide global inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country", halt its ballistic missile program, release detained Americans, and end support for Middle East militant groups.

"From my conversations with European friends I know that they broadly share these same views of what the Iranian regime must do to gain acceptance in the global community", Pompeo said, calling on allies to join the U.S.in pressuring Iran to change.

"Relief from sanctions will come only when we see tangible, demonstrated, and sustained shifts in Tehran's policies", Pompeo said.

Pompeo warned that if Iran fully resumed its nuclear program Washington would be ready to respond and said the administration would hold companies doing prohibited business in Iran to account.

"[It's a] smokescreen of "We want to handle this diplomatically", but I think this is all about paving a path towards confronting Iran militarily - whether that's through covert action or an overt escalation in the region".

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

The new demands, laid out by secretary of state Mike Pompeo, marked a fundamental departure from the 2015 Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the U.S. exited earlier this month.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is threatening to place "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran. Iran is spreading aggressively throughout the Middle East.

The Trump Administration will more aggressively confront Iranian operatives and their allies in Lebanon's Hezbollah operating around the world, Pompeo vowed.

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

Still, Tehran is looking for backup plans: China's CNPC, which partnered with French Total on the Phase 11 development of the South Pars gas field, has already said it was ready to take over the French company's share of the project should it be forced to leave it if the U.S. Treasury does not grant it a sanction waiver.

Russian Federation and China have also criticized the USA move and vowed to maintain trade with Iran.

"Iran did not destroy the archives", he said.

About the proposal for a treaty rather than an agreement, Pompeo said, "A treaty would be our preferred way to go". The pressure that brought about the JCPOA deal that President Trump has now abandoned was long-standing and widely supported. "It was a diplomatic overreach, to say the least", Wendy Sherman, who led the Obama Administration's negotiating team with Iran, told me. "We will work to prevent and counteract any Iranian malign cyber activity". The European Commission also suggested EU governments make direct money transfers to Iran's central bank to avoid US penalties and bypass the USA financial system.