German foreign minister says to meet with Pompeo over Iran deal

22 May, 2018, 09:44 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

As the Associated Press reported, "Taken together, the demands would constitute a wholesale transformation by Iran's government, and they hardened the perception that what Trump's administration really seeks is a change in the Iranian regime".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a steep list of demands that he said should be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama-era deal, threatening "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran doesn't change course.

"Secretary Pompeo's speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA (nuclear deal) has made or will make the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation or how it puts us in a better position to influence Iran's conduct in areas outside the scope of JCPOA", Federica Mogherini said.

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

"We will ensure freedom of navigation on the waters in the region". "Who are you to make a decision for Iran and the world and to tell Iran what to do and what not to do in the nuclear field?" Tension between the two countries has grown notably since Trump this month withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at preventing Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

She reiterated that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had confirmed already 10 times that Iran has implemented "all its nuclear related commitments" under the agreement. "Iran will be forced to make a choice: either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or keep squandering precious wealth on fights overseas".

"The West often treats President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif as "apart" from the regime's unwise, terrorist, and malign behaviours", Pompeo said, speaking directly to the Iranian people. He said Iran will have to withdraw its forces from Syria and end its support for rebels in Yemen - a proxy war Iran is embroiled in against Saudi Arabia.

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"The Iranian regime should know that this is just the beginning", Pompeo warned.

In a speech that attempted to lay out the Trump administration's strategy on Iran after quitting the nuclear deal it agreed with other major powers in 2015, the secretary of state warned that the USA would not just reimpose all the sanctions that were in place before the deal, but also pile additional punitive measures.

Iran must also "release all U.S. citizens" missing in Iran or being held on "spurious charges", he said. But they made concessions along the way on issues they considered less important than the goal of setting future limits on Iran's nuclear deal and getting global inspectors to monitor it.

Maas said he will travel to Washington to talk with Pompeo this week. Pompeo flew to Brussels for a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting just hours after being sworn in.

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. "No more cost-free expansions of Iranian power", Pompeo said.

All of that was worth it, Obama and Kerry insisted, because Iran had agreed to place temporary limits on its nuclear program that would expire over the next 10 to 20 years.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also questioned the practicality of the tough conditions set by the U.S. for a new "jumbo" Iran deal. Pompeo essentially demanded Iran's total submission without offering anything in return aside from the hazy prospect of sanctions relief at some future date. "Over the coming weeks, we will send teams of specialists to countries around the world to further explain the Administration's policy, discuss the implications of sanctions re-imposition, and hear your concerns". Noting the protests over the economic crisis and women's rights since December, Pompeo made it clear the Administration sides with Iran's "struggling people".

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