Khamenei outlines demands for Europe to preserve Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Secy of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at joint news conference at Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv April 29 2018

U.S. Secy of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at joint news conference at Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv April 29 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 24, 2018. Since Donald Trump became President, he continually agape the Iran nuclear agreement as an "embarrassment" and the "worst deal ever" which could only make things hard to reciprocate. The monitoring report provides evidentiary material to the P5+1 countries to trace the Iran's pursuits of creating nuclear weapon. Speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation, the former Central Intelligence Agency director unveiled the administration's nuclear nonproliferation strategy against Iran, which strives to exert constant pressure on Tehran so as to goad it into a new nuclear deal without resorting to armed force. It's a far better policy to stop Iran than what [former U.S. President Barack] Obama had.

Jeffrey is not convinced that full sanctions will have the effect Pompeo assures.

Speaking at a news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, French President Emmanuel Macron said the report went in the "right direction and was comforting". Pyongyang does not merely possess a uranium enrichment program, as Tehran does, but a declared military weapons program spread across countless sites throughout the country and stocked with up to 60 nuclear bombs. It was also his State Department that designated Tehran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. "One president signs, the other president nullifies; I don't think anybody can negotiate with the US with such behavior".

Recent events have again demonstrated that Gaza, not the West Bank, constitutes the most pressing challenge to Israel and regional.

"There is no logical reason to negotiate with a country that does not abide by its commitments".

That, at least, is pretty much the strategy that Pompeo unveiled at the beginning of this week, though it doesn't by any means suggest that it'll be a successful one since critics have already pointed out that a lot of it depends on whether the U.S. can get other countries to go along with the sanctions, which might prove a lot tougher than the United States thinks.

That's not all. Pompeo said any treaty will also require Iran to change its regional and military policies - things like its ballistic missile testing in defiance of United Nations bans and its military meddling in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan. But that remains at this point just a threat.

"If there's a conflict with Iran, what happens to Iraq?" They will also want assurances that all parties will continue to buy Iranian oil.

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There has been a lot of misinformation about both getting out of the so-called Iran deal and getting into a new North Korean agreement.

For example, Pompeo demanded that Iran withdraw its troops from Syria-which are there at the request of the Syrian government-but made no demand that Turkish or Israeli forces withdraw their troops from Syrian territory.

And yet, technical debate seems to have had little impact on Trump's political decision to pull out of the JCPOA - much less on his strategy after withdrawal. But it is by no means impossible.

Czaputowicz said European Union member states should weigh broader security issues during discussions about policy on Iran such as Russia's increased assertiveness in eastern Europe.

Pompeo told VOA that, while he supports many Iranian opposition groups in the United States and Europe, he does not back calls for regime change in Tehran.

Pompeo spoke the truth when he implied that Iran was bluffing about its ability to defy sanctions, especially in the face of a restive population that is tiring of its theocratic tyrants.

Jeffrey said the United States, unfortunately, would not have any European allies.

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