US Threatens Iran With the 'Strongest Sanctions in History'

Mike Pompeo Threatens to Impose the 'Strongest Sanctions in History' on Iran

European allies alarmed by Pompeo speech laying out US demands on Iran

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday told reporters in Argentina he would travel on from there to Washington to discuss the nuclear deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Following the controversial decision, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran weighs plans to remain in the agreement with the other five parties, provided that they ensure full benefits for Iran.

The existing problems in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and Afghanistan are the results of the US policies in the region, therefore, "the Americans are not entitled to influence Iran's policies in its own region". "But only if Iran is willing to make major changes". Pompeo refused to commit to a timetable for the new American diplomacy, and British foreign secretary Boris Johnson suggested it wouldn't happen anytime soon.

"Of course", he said, "We do not want more than what has been enshrined in the JCPOA". "I'm not totally pessimistic about the situation".

The administration's approach "explicitly puts the onus on the Iranian people to change their leadership or face cataclysmic financial pressure", said Maloney who has advised the State Department on Iran in the Bush administration between 2005-2007.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at Palacio San Martin during the G20 foreign ministers' meeting on May 21, 2018, in Buenos Aires. The US market is worth $19 trillion and trade with the Europeans is worth $700 billion.

Mogherini stressed right after Trump withdrew from the agreement that the European Union would remain in the agreement and will do so "as long as Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments, as it is doing so far". She also explained that Europeans are still unsure of the USA rationale for leaving the deal.

In a video-message to the May 5 Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and Democracy in Washington, Mrs. Rajavi said the Iranian people "are calling on the global community, in particular the West, to support their uprising for the overthrow of the Iranian regime". The company has sought a waiver from the Trump administration, but after Pompeo's speech, it seems unlikely.

Lebanese analyst Ghaleb Kandil, who has close ties to the pro-Iran Hezbollah group, said Washington's demands have previously not worked.

"These will be the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are done", he added. Iran, he added, was working with the other partners of the nuclear deal to find a solution. There's a huge market there. Along with waging war on a false premise, causing tens of thousands of deaths and trillions of dollars in wasted funds, and enabling the spread of Islamist militants, it's a major reason Iran has gained a foothold in Iraq today.

Whatever the final outcome of JCPOA, and whether it is buried or not under U.S. sanction pressure and the inability of the signatory countries to compensate their companies for lost business opportunities with Iran, the days of multilateral agreements have been rudely shattered.

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

The Kremlin spokesman pointed out that Russian Federation and the European countries "have many times expressed hope that Tehran will remain within the agreement". At least six Americans are imprisoned or unaccounted for, and they are widely considered to be bargaining chips.

"It is not necessarily effective because companies make their own decisions", explained a European diplomat.

The 2015 nuclear agreement, worked out by the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, China and Iran, lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its atomic programme.

Still, many question how effective USA sanctions will actually be.

"It took a decade for the West to get the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action".

"There is no assurance on how this is going to be amazingly effective".

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