Iran rejects US' threatening remarks against its nuclear programme

Iran rejects US' threatening remarks against its nuclear programme

Pompeo declared that Iran is set to face "strongest sanctions in history" and laid out an extensive laundry list of conditions the Iranian regime would need to satisfy - including ending support for all Middle East terror groups - to enter into a new deal with the U.S. Pompeo reiterated the Trump administration's position that Iran's behavior in the region must be combatted forcefully and collectively, in contrasts to the 2015 nuclear agreement, which dealt only with Iran's nuclear program. In that crisis, the administration says it won't accept a strategy of synchronized, step-by-step concessions in exchange for North Korea gradually giving into demands to give up its nuclear program.

In exchange for changes, the USA remains willing to take action to better life for the Iranian people by removing all sanctions and reestablish full diplomatic and commercial ties, permitting Iran advanced technology towards the modernization of Iran and its reentry into the global economy, but this will only occur if and when compliance to demands is seen.

Trump's actions have also pushed Iran to further strengthen its alliances with China and Russian Federation.

In a statement carried by multiple Iranian news agencies, Mr Rouhani rejected the top United States diplomat's speech made earlier on Monday, warning of the "strongest sanctions in history". A new pact should require that Iran stop enrichment of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the previous deal.

Responding to a U.S. demand to end its intervention in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan and to cease its uranium enrichment, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attacked the Trump administration Monday.

Pompeo was defiant in his speech, reciting a litany of Iranian behaviours that have vexed American leaders for decades.

In a widely anticipated speech, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the USA is ready to impose "the toughest sanctions in history" on Iran if Tehran "does not change its course". The spokesperson for the group, Hossein Marashi, had said the USA president is eager to talk to Iran directly without the participation of the Europeans and that his offer should be considered seriously. President Hassan Rouhani said the secretary of state's ideas were "in no way acceptable".

Pompeo, a longtime Iran hawk and fierce opponent of the 2015 agreement between Tehran and world powers (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA), earlier on Monday outlined an aggressive series of "painful" measures created to hurt Tehran in his first key address since moving to the State Department from the Central Intelligence Agency in April.

United States sanctions lifted after the 2015 deal would be re-imposed, he said, and those and new measures would together constitute "unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime".

"It is America's hope that our labours toward peace and security will bear fruit for the long-suffering people of Iran", Pompeo said.

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But sanctions are also familiar in Iran, and many remained defiant. While stating that Washington won't renegotiate the historic Iran nuclear deal, he also outlined 12 demands for Tehran, including the withdrawal of forces from Syria.

"Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East", Mr Pompeo said. "This is what Israel is doing", Netanyahu said.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that to meet U.S. demands, Iran would have to transform itself into another country altogether and acknowledge a secondary status in the Middle East hierarchy.

Taken together, the demands would require a complete transformation by Iran's government, and they hardened the perception that the administration is really seeking regime change.

Officially, Washington has begun its war on the Iranian regime.

Laying out Trump's new approach Monday, Pompeo said he couldn't put a timeline on how long the strategy might take. Given the growth of the democratic opposition movement, the continued protests, and the very shaky foundation of the regime, it is wise for the Western world to stand on the side of the Iranian people as they are standing for their freedom. The European Union is studying ways to protect its companies from the sanctions and keep intact the 2015 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, without the US.

Iran can legally sue the United States over its illegal measures and threats, he added. "There is no alternative to the JCPOA".

Pompeo said he understood that Trump's decision "will pose financial and economic difficulties for a number of our friends".

"If that is the case, it would complicate the efforts of European companies to extend trade relations with Iran".

"I know our allies in Europe may try to keep the old nuclear deal going with Tehran. That is their decision to make", Pompeo said.

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