Mike Pompeo 40 years behind time

Henrietta Brewer
May 22, 2018

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

"The JCPOA was a bad deal for the United States, Europe and the entire world. Countries have their independence", he added.

This new list of demands and Washington's increasingly hostile rhetoric will undoubtedly result in another escalation of attacks against Rouhani. In the eyes of Europeans, the multilateral sanctions that brought Iran to the table to negotiate the 2015 deal are viewed as far more effective than any potential sanctions imposed by the USA unilaterally.

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In the end, most countries, including European countries, will have no choice but to reduce exposure to Iran, but the Trump administration will have only grudging, reluctant participation.

"I will travel on to Washington and meet Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, and use the opportunity to talk to him directly about this", Maas said when he was asked by a reporter about the Iran deal at the end of a Group of 20 meeting in Argentina's capital.


"A guy who had been active in an espionage center for years now wants to make a decision for Iran and other countries from the position of a foreign minister".

Iran's ruling elite are mindful of recent protests sparked by economic hardship, which is, in part, their calculation for working with the Europeans on ways to salvage the nuclear deal.

Iran also agreed to modify a heavy water facility so it could not produce plutonium suitable for a bomb.

"These will be the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are done", he added. "Well, the honourable officials made serious efforts; they sweated profusely over it, but they failed", he said. After Trump warned in November of dealing with Iran, the French company retreated and closed its offices in Tehran and opened an office in Washington to coordinate with American authorities.

The 12-point list of demands came in a Monday speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation that laid out the Trump administration's strategy after pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement earlier this month. Their governments could continue their agreement with Iran, but risk running afoul of USA sanctions. "We're not going to rule out anything in order to address Iran". But other countries - including Russian Federation in Syria and Saudi Arabia in Yemen - also fuel regional instability.

Iran's judiciary has also intensified its arrests of dual-nationals in an attempt to embarrass Iranian diplomats negotiating with European countries.


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.

Under the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the USA and other world powers offered sanctions relief in exchange for Iran giving up its nuclear capability.

Other European initiatives include allowing the European Investment Bank to lend to EU projects in Iran and of more significance given the American stranglehold on using the United States dollar, to urge EU governments to explore "one-off" transfers to Iran's central bank to help authorities to receive their oil-related revenues.

Trump repeatedly tried to drive a wedge between Iran and Russian Federation.

Pompeo's speech did not explicitly call for regime change but he repeatedly urged the Iranian people not to put up with their leaders, specifically naming Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

"We understand our re-imposition of sanctions and the coming pressure campaign on the Iranian regime will pose financial and economic difficulties for a number of our friends", Pompeo said.


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