Iran Threatens to Punch Mike Pompeo in the Mouth

Mike Pompeo Threatens to Impose the 'Strongest Sanctions in History' on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded that Iran halt all uranium enrichment, stop its ballistic-missile program and give nuclear inspectors access to the entire country, in a speech detailing the USA approach now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Pompeo's speech came after Trump earlier this month infuriated USA allies in Europe by withdrawing from the 2015 deal brokered by President Barack Obama, Iran and world powers.

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

"Our demands on Iran are not unreasonable: Give up your program", Pompeo said, "Should they choose to go back, should they begin to enrich, we are fully prepared to respond to that as well", he said, declining to elaborate.

Araghchi added that Iran is looking for Europeans' guarantees to neutralize the U.S. sanctions, for example on the sale of Iran's oil, to have effective banking transactions and to protect European companies doing business in Iran.

Well before Pompeo spoke, European leaders suggested that the USA approach won't work.

With regard to relations with neighboring Arab countries, the Iranian official said that Arab sattes in the region should reassess their approach towards Iran, and called for their help to stabilize the already volatile region. "We will continue our path with the support of our nation", Rouhani added. "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?"

On Monday, Pompeo said the Trump administration was preparing to impose "the strongest sanctions in history" on Tehran after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month, as he laid out a list of demands for a new treaty.

Iran's uprising undeniably showcased unprecedented public expressions of desire for regime change.

European nations, as well as Russian Federation and China, are vowing to stand by the deal - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - that Iran reached with six world powers and are trying to insulate their companies from the promised sanctions even though that's an uphill effort.

Top Photo | Journalists attend a press conference of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, at the Royal Terminal of King Khaled airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 29, 2018. "During its summit in Sofia, the European Union gave a unified signal that we want to keep the Iran nuclear deal", Maas pointed out. Other nations have agreed that Iran has the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. Iran must also allow nuclear "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country".

"Iranians shouldn't play into the challenges and USA radicalism", Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told the Iranian Students News agency.

Pompeo virtually called on the Iranian people to rise against the regime.

Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters the military was looking at potential actions to push back against Iran's regional military influence as part of a larger United States government response. "But not its actions which jeopardize the world's citizens".

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. He said he did not have a timeline, but that the administration would send envoys around the world in coming weeks to explain the plan. Kowsari said, referring to Pompeo's demand that Iran end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.

"If they restart their nuclear program, they will have big problems, bigger problems than they've ever had before", he said.

And he also strongly hinted that the Iranian people ought to overthrow their leaders.

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