Pompeo Warns Iran of “Strongest Sanctions in History”

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Photo: Gage Skidmore
The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Photo: Gage Skidmore

The U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo has threatened “the strongest sanctions in history” against Iran outlining a series of steep demands to be included in a new nuclear treaty with Iran.

Mike Pompeo’s comments came after the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last week.

Mike Pompeo’s recent threats against Iran implies warning against the global oil trade and multibillion-dollar business deals.

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. “will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime.”

Mr. Pompeo added: “The 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.”

Outlining 12 basic requirements for a new nuclear treaty, Pompeo said Iran must stop enrichment of uranium and allow “unqualified access to all sites throughout the country.”

“We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them,” Pompeo said.

Europe Reacts

The European Union has reacted to the U.S. warning to Iran. The EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini said: “Secretary Pompeo’s speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA 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.”

Mogherini added: “The normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran constitutes an essential part of the agreement, which should be upheld by the international community.”

She vowed that the EU “is and will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the JCPOA as long as Iran abides by all its nuclear-related commitments, as it is doing so far.”

The European Union Foreign Policy chief warned that “There is no alternative to the JCPOA.”

Following the U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo’s comments, the British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson accused the U.S. of pursuing ‘jumbo negotiations’.

Mr. Johnson added: “The advantage of the JCPOA was that it had a very clear objective. It protected the world from an Iranian nuclear bomb, and in return, it gave the Iranians some recognizable economic benefits. That was at the core of it. The Americans have walked away from that.”

Mr. Johnson vowed to continue with JCPOA: “We’ll certainly be discussing it with friends and colleagues today, how to take it forward.”

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