Netanyahu hails United States policy on Iran, calls on world to back

Netanyahu hails United States policy on Iran, calls on world to back

Javier Howell
May 22, 2018

"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", Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted.

Pompeo warned that if Iran fully resumed its nuclear program Washington would be ready to respond and said the administration would hold companies doing prohibited business in Iran to account.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime", Pompeo told the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in the nation's capital, in his first major speech outlining Washington's strategy for curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions and its "malign" regional behavior.

The speech did not explicitly call for regime change but Pompeo repeatedly urged the Iranian people not to put up with their leaders, specifically naming President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The spokesperson for the group, Hossein Marashi, had said the United States president is eager to talk to Iran directly without the participation of the Europeans and that his offer should be considered seriously. Earlier Monday, Pompeo issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump. "The great people of Iran support him", Kowsari said.

The older U.S. sanctions prohibited nearly all trade with Iran. Pompeo is using the Middle East leg of his first trip overseas as America's top diplomat to call for concerted worldwide efforts against Iran. The global community, including top USA officials, have said Tehran had been in compliance.

The former head of Exports Commission at the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture described the recent speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a part of Washington's psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic.

The Iran nuclear deal was signed between six countries in 2015 - Iran, US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China for lifting economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limitations to the country's nuclear programme.

Experts said the move was meant to remove voices of dissent from the administration, and to essentially allow Trump to be himself.

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Other demands the Iranians are unlikely to go along with include stopping uranium enrichment and ballistic missile tests, and allowing worldwide inspectors access to all sites, including military locations where critics suspect clandestine research. The company has sought a waiver from the Trump administration, but after Pompeo's speech, it seems unlikely.

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. He says Iran must "stop enrichment" of uranium and never preprocess plutonium. The requirement that nuclear inspectors get universal access would include military sites - long a red line for the regime.

Pompeo vowed to crank up the pressure on Iran with "the strongest sanctions in history", saying the U.S. wanted "the support of our most important allies and partners in the region and around the globe" to implement it.

The re-establishment of USA sanctions will force European companies to choose between investing in Iran or trading with the United States.

In negotiating the Iran deal, the Obama administration also started with a long list of demands.

In his fundamental speech concerning U.S. policies towards Tehran he put forward twelve conditions for concluding a new deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araghchi who was one of the key negotiators in the nuclear talks with the world powers has told Spanish El Pais that the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal will lead to its isolation in the worldwide arena, adding that if they try to link JCPOA to other issues, they will lose the agreement and make it more complicated to resolve the rest of the issues.