U.S. ready to respond if Iran decides to resume nuclear program-Pompeo

  • U.S. ready to respond if Iran decides to resume nuclear program-Pompeo

U.S. ready to respond if Iran decides to resume nuclear program-Pompeo

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Radej expressed concern about the future of economic relations between Tehran and Ljubljana after Washington's move to leave the JCPOA and said her country as an European Union member state would make efforts to help save the nuclear deal.

In his fist major foreign policy address since becoming chief diplomat, Pompeo laid out 12 pillars the US would demand from Iran for a new deal, even as he said a new agreement is "not the objective" of the Trump administration. Pompeo called on Iran to fulfill 12 huge demands - including removing its forces from Syria - but didn't mention that President Trump still wants to end US involvement in that country.

Pompeo's speech signaled a huge step back for the whole foreign policy of the US, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on his Twitter page. The worldwide community, including top United States officials, have said Tehran had been in compliance.

The United States' European allies oppose the president's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

The Iran nuclear deal was signed between six countries in 2015 - Iran, US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China for lifting economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limitations to the country's nuclear programme. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Seif "covertly funneled" money from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) through Iraq's al-Bilad Islamic Bank in order to aid Hezbollah. He said he would work closely with the Pentagon and regional allies "to deter any Iranian aggression". "Any new agreement will make sure Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon and deter the regime's malign behavior in a way that the JCPOA never could". "The goal is to protect the American people", Pompeo said.

In his first major foreign policy address as America's top diplomat, Pompeo said the White House will lay the framework for what is going to be "unprecedented" pressure campaign against the Iranian government.

He said the U.S. would apply "unprecedented financial pressure" on Iran and send teams of specialists to allies around the world to explain USA policy. "It will not be able to do both", Pompeo said.

U.S. ready to respond if Iran decides to resume nuclear program-Pompeo

The re-establishment of the U.S. sanctions will force European companies to choose between investing in Iran or trading with the United States. It protected the world from an Iranian nuclear bomb, and in return it gave the Iranians some recognisable economic benefits. Pompeo called on Iran to halt missile development, "release all U.S. citizens", withdraw from Syria, and cease support for groups which the USA considers to be "terrorist", namely Hezbollah.

It must also release all U.S. citizens missing in Iran or being held on "spurious charges".

Pompeo said Iran would have to stop the enrichment of uranium and withdraw its forces from Syria. "We didn't create the list, they did".

Laying out Trumps new approach Monday, Pompeo said he couldnt put a timeline on how long the strategy might take. "And we'd be willing to support the reintegration of Iran's economy in the worldwide economic system".

European allies heard how he expects their support for the new USA plan - but he offered nothing in return, and threatened economic fallout for anyone still dealing with the Islamic Republic.

He threatened even tougher sanctions against Iran. "Our message is very clear: This is a nuclear agreement that works".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank, in Washington, Monday, May 21, 2018.