USA vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran - BBC News

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State Department officials say the aim of the speech is to outline a path forward after Trump announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions, a decision that immediately puts the United States in breach of its commitments.

"Countries are independent. We will continue our path with the support of our nation", Rouhani said.

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?"

Weeks after the United States pulled out of an worldwide nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo spelled out a hardline approach towards the Islamic Republic, potentially setting Washington and Tehran on a deeper confrontation course.

Measures outlined by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its "failed policies" and it would suffer the consequences, BBC reported on Monday.

Pompeo's demands included that Iran end its support for Middle East terrorist groups, withdraw its forces from Syria, stop backing Houthi rebels in Yemen and "cease its threatening behavior against its neighbors".

The one demand that Iran could theoretically assent to is the release of all USA citizens imprisoned on a variety of charges, as well as citizens of countries allied with the United States such as France and Britain.

"It repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards". "No more cost-free expansions of Iranian power", Pompeo said. "But you should know that we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account".

Iran foe Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Pompeo's speech, and urged the rest of the world to follow suit.

"Our demands on Iran are not unreasonable: Give up your program", Pompeo said, "Should they choose to go back, should they begin to enrich, we are fully prepared to respond to that as well", he said, declining to elaborate. He said the United States would take "all necessary steps" to contain Iran, but declined to provide specifics.

"Uniting [our] efforts is the correct path for Iran to realize the futility of its incursions and expansionism".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the sort of "jumbo Iran deal" Pompeo envisioned would not be "very easy to achieve in anything like a reasonable timescale".

The US told Iran on Monday to drop its nuclear ambitions and pull out of the Syrian civil war in a list of demands that marked a new hard-line against Tehran and prompted an Iranian official to warn that Washington seeks regime change.

Danish shipping giant Maersk Tankers, German insurer Allianz and Italian steel manufacturer Danieli have all announced plans to halt, or wind down altogether, operations in the country. "This approach could help the Iranian authorities to receive their oil-related revenues, particularly in case of USA sanctions which could target European Union entities active in oil transactions with Iran".

Compare that with Obama's and Kerry's careful courting of Rouhani and Zarif. Pompeo declining to elaborate on this comment. "These will indeed end up being the strongest sanctions in history when we are complete", Pompeo said in remarks at the Heritage Foundation.

"From here I will actually travel to Washington to have a meeting with Secretary Pompeo, and take advantage of that meeting to talk about this", Maas said in response to a question from a journalist about the Iran deal.

Jean Claude Juncker, the commission's president, said it has a "duty to protect European companies" from Washington's punitive fiscal measures.

Some good has come out of the Iranian deal, such as Iran sending Russian Federation much of its super-enriched uranium while getting all kinds of natural uranium back, but it was Obama who facilitated the USA departure.

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