Germany foreign minister to meet Mike Pompeo over Iran nuclear deal

Marco Green
May 22, 2018

That possibility so rattled the regime that as the intensity of the uprising became apparent, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani telephoned his French counterpart to urge him to crack down on the NCRI.

President Hassan Rouhani said that the United States can not make decisions for Iran or other independent countries in the world.

She said Mr Pompeo had failed to show how dropping the 2015 nuclear deal would make the Middle East safer. Pompeo further called on Iran to halt its ballistic missile program.

He was speaking after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Iran would be hit with the "strongest sanctions in history". "Who are you to want to dictate to Iran and the world, and tell Iran what to do or not to do when it comes to nuclear technology?"

Justifiably angered, the Europeans are discussing ways around the American sanctions, further eroding the trans-Atlantic alliance and perhaps hastening the day when they have a financial system far less entwined with the United States'.

Iranian-backed militias, including the Lebanese group Hezbollah, have been instrumental in helping Assad's over-stretched forces recapture huge areas around Damascus and in the country's center and north, building a military presence that has alarmed Israel and its USA ally, which is now looking to constrain Iran's activities.

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Pompeo said on Monday here that Iran will suffer the toughest sanctions in history from the United States if it does not change the current course.

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US President Donald Trump sparked an global outcry earlier this month when he announced his country would pull out of the landmark accord struck in July 2015 between Tehran and major world powers. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Mr Pompeo had not demonstrated in his speech how abandoning the deal made the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation.

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

Bahrain has regularly expressed frustration that despite hopes that the agreement might contribute to the security and stability of the region, it touched only one of the future problems and ignored the real issue of the present time - Iran's use of all illegal and illegitimate means to destabilise the security and peace of the region. In and of itself, that is reason enough to regard the American withdrawal from the JCPOA as an opportunity to shift attention to other matters of Iran policy.

Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said the military was weighing "new actions" to counter Iran's influence in the Middle East, but he stressed this was part of a "whole of government" approach and offered no details. He also accused the Iranian president of crossing the red lines set by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his unsuccessful efforts to preserve the deal.

German insurer Allianz and engineering conglomerate Siemens were among the first European entities which announced their intention to scale back business in Iran.

After Trump pulled out, the other signatories said they would try to salvage the deal and keep Iran's oil trade and investment flowing.

"Any time sanctions are put in place, countries have to give up economic activity", Pompeo said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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