German Top Diplomat In US To Discuss Iran Nuclear Dispute

Elias Hubbard
May 24, 2018

Pompeo's recent remarks came after the U.S. President Donald Trump's administration withdrew from the historic Iran nuke deal earlier this month despite the global outcry. "We're pursuing two completely different paths".

Khamenei accused the United States of violating U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 that underpins the nuclear agreement with Iran, and asked Europe to secure "a resolution against the US violation".

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 program.

He further said Britain, France and Germany must pledge they would not seek negotiations on Iran's ballistic missile programme and on its regional activities, both of which were not covered by the nuclear pact but are now demanded by Washington. The Iranian nation have been victorious in all periods of history and I want to say it here, Mr Trump!

"The American leaders...have got this message that if they attack Iran, they will encounter a fate similar to that of Saddam Hussein", the IRGC said in a statement, according to a Reuters report.

The Leader also set out conditions for Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal with world powers, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran after the United States withdrawal from the agreement.

Pompeo said on Monday that Iran will suffer the toughest sanctions in history from the United States if it does not change the current behavior and course of action domestically and regionally.

Pompeo told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing the administration meant to work with "as many partners, friends and allies as possible" to stop what he described as all of Tehran's nuclear and non-nuclear threats.

Maas said he expected the coming discussions to be "difficult" but gave no details.

The Leader cited Iran's experiences of United States behavior over the years and said, "The first experience is that the government of the Islamic Republic can not interact with America... Why?"

Maas said he had also discussed the Syrian civil war and the overall situation in the Middle East, as well as trade disputes in his meetings.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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