German firms can't be totally shielded from US Iran move: minister

22 May, 2018, 20:59 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo

The Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning on Monday said the US will take all necessary steps against Iran's alleged malicious activities in the region.

"The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American Secretary of State and anyone who backs them", said Ismail Kowsari, according to Reuters.

Washington's demands addressed to Iran, which US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo voiced on Monday, are nonsense, because they leave no chance for clinching a deal, Russia's representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mikhail Ulyanov said on Tuesday. He made the remarks in his first address to the State Department while unveiling the USA administration's "Plan B" for countering Iran.

There is no defending Iran's support for Bashar al-Assad, the bloody dictator in Syria, or its use of Hezbollah militants to control Lebanon and threaten Israel.

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

Pompeo vowed Trump's approach would ensure Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon.

"This sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change its course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that rejoins the league of nations".

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

"We know there are hardly any larger companies in Europe that do not also trade with the United States".

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"They know where we stand", said Pompeo in his first major foreign policy speech since moving to the State Department from the Central Intelligence Agency.

President Donald Trump has long said the 2015 deal with Iran - also signed by Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - did not go far enough, and now wants the Europeans and others to support his hardline strategy. He said Iran must allow nuclear inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country", Pompeo said, alluding to military sites that were off-limits under the 2015 deal except under specific circumstances.

The ministry said Iran should put an immediate end to its support of terrorist militias, adhere to global laws and norms and stop interference in the internal affairs of the states in the region, the ministry added. Above, Pompeo with US President Donald Trump.

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". "Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions".

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted, "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".

"People like Pompeo and Bolton are not interested in any sort of political settlement with the Iranian government", said Foad Izadi, a foreign policy specialist at the University of Tehran.

Shaikh Khalid has also charged that Iran exploited extremist groups, provided safe haven for fugitives, opened training camps for terrorist groups and smuggled arms and explosives in quantities that were enough to demolish entire cities.


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