Netanyahu hails United States policy on Iran, calls on world to back

Netanyahu hails United States policy on Iran, calls on world to back

Moreover, Pompeo's speech didn't mention Russian Federation or China, two partners in the original nuclear accord that could help Iran weather tougher sanctions.

The new vision is Trump-style diplomacy-a promise to "crush" Iranian operatives and impose the "strongest sanctions in history" unless the Islamic Republic abandons all nuclear development and gives up what the United States considers its malign role across the Middle East.

It is increasingly clear that Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the JCPOA and his escalating anti-Iranian rhetoric has given the hardliners in Iran the excuse they needed to discredit Rouhani's moderate government and pave the way for his possible removal from office.

He also called for a full stop to Iran's enrichment of uranium, which was sharply curbed by the Iran deal, and for global monitors to gain "unqualified access" to all sites, including military facilities that Iran considers off-limits. Iran would also have to walk away from core pillars of its foreign policy, including its involvement in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

"Iran doesn't need centrifuges for enrichment", he said.

The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has slammed the address made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and "anyone who backs" Washington, saying that the Iranian people would deliver a "strong punch to the mouth" of the American official.

The attempts of European governments, which promised they will continue to deal with Iran on the economic front as part of their commitment to the JCPOA agreement, to protect their companies' contracts failed. President Hassan Rouhani said the secretary of state's ideas were "in no way acceptable".

We want out allies in Europe and around the world to join in this effort against the Islamic Republic of Iran as I know they understand and agree with the goal of the US.

There's also the irony of, as Mr. Pompeo is making these demands, his boss is offering North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un - believed to have as many as 60 nuclear weapons - security guarantees to abandon his arsenal. 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.

Pompeo had urged Tehran to report to the International Atomic Energy Agency about its nuclear program, end proliferation of its missiles, and stop supporting "terrorist groups" in the Middle East.

"We're open to new steps with not only our allies and partners, but with Iran as well", he said.

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.

Laying out Trump's new approach Monday, Pompeo said he couldn't put a timeline on how long the strategy might take. "How can we speak about negotiations on the second issue while the first one does not work properly?" He said the prospect for a new deal "is going to be very, very hard".

Mahaffee said that Pompeo laid out a comprehensive plan to push back against Iranian power in the Middle East and did so with a willingness to confront European allies' interests in improved economic ties with Iran.

Iran can legally sue the United States over its illegal measures and threats, he added.

Still, diplomats acknowledge that European companies may decide to stop doing business in Iran on their own accord, regardless of reassurances by the European Union to shield them from sanctions.

"We want to hear your concerns", Pompeo said.

He warned that the United States would "crush" Iranian operatives and proxies overseas and told Tehran to pull out forces under its command from the Syrian civil war where they have helped President Bashar al-Assad gain the upper hand.

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