Iran rejects US' threatening remarks against its nuclear programme

Iran rejects US' threatening remarks against its nuclear programme

Iran rejects US' threatening remarks against its nuclear programme

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted, "US diplomacy sham is merely a regression to old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies-dictated by corrupt Special Interest-it repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards". He said Iran must allow nuclear inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country", Pompeo said, alluding to military sites that were off-limits under the 2015 deal except under specific circumstances.

From both inside Iran and outside, the lingering feeling was that Pompeo had spelled out a litany of demands so onerous that the only goal could be ousting the current regime, given that it was so unlikely to agree to any of those requirements.

Prior to Pompeo's announcement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi denied that the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain, in the presence of European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, had presented a package of proposals to Iran. "This is what Israel is doing", Netanyahu said.

Pompeo said Monday that Washington would impose new penalties if Tehran did not make sweeping changes, including dropping its nuclear program and pulling out of the Syrian civil war.

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He said there would be no victor in a tariff or trade war, adding: "If you fight fire with fire, all you're left with is scorched earth". "They may end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete", he said.

Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iran Revolutionary Guard branch that carries out operations outside Iran's borders, was singled out by Pompeo as a top troublemaker in the Middle East. "The global community expects all sides to keep the commitments they made more than two years ago", Mogherini pointed out.

Iran responded to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech which set conditions for the Muslim country that, if not met, would subject Iran to harsh sanctions. Under a new agreement, the US would be willing to lift all sanctions, restore full diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran, and even support the modernization of its economy, Pompeo said.

But Trump despised the deal, pointing to other aspects of Iranian behaviour not covered in the pact, and on May 8 he pulled America out despite intense diplomatic lobbying by European allies who had beseeched him to stick with it by adding tougher new elements.

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"He will not live forever, nor will the Iranian people abide the rigid rule of tyrants forever", Pompeo said.

If Iran refuses to comply with this laundry list of demands-which includes a complete halt to uranium enrichment-Pompeo threatened that the USA will quickly move to impose "the strongest sanctions in history". Critics said this is likely to lead to a more hard-line administration.

Limiting Iran's missile capabilities was one of Pompeo's main demands, as the Iranian military has carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in recent years.

Russian Federation and China have also criticized the U.S. move and vowed to maintain trade with Iran.

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Many European officials, including those who negotiated the Iran agreement alongside the United States, have chafed at the Trump administration's positions on Iran, the Paris climate accord, moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and trade tariffs.

Pompeo is defending President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 deal during a speech Monday at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The speech was a fresh example of the Trump administration's maximalist, with-us-or-against-us strategy that's also playing out over North Korea's nuclear program, and has been encouraged by Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Any new agreement would ensure that Iran "never acquires a nuclear weapon, and will deter the regime's malign behavior in a way the (2015 deal) never could", he said.

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the world would not accept that Washington impose its decisions on other countries.

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