Pompeo Raises the Price for Iran to Rejoin International Community

"We understand that our re-imposition of sanctions and the coming pressure campaign on the Iranian regime will pose financial and economic difficulties for a number of our friends", he said.

If Iran agrees to those demands, he said, the United States would lift sanctions, re-establish diplomatic relations with Tehran and provide it access to technology.

The spat comes after several European companies expressed concern about continuing business with Iran following the United States exit, raising further doubts about the viability of the deal.

Iran would probably rely mostly on its two biggest buyers, China and India, to boost its production closer to this target, but it would also need the help of the European Union, which is also a big buyer of Iranian crude. "This is what Israel is doing", Netanyahu said.

US President Donald Trump sparked an worldwide 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.

Media captionIran nuclear deal: Trump announces U.S. pull-out Why is Iran seen as a regional threat?

"It's implicitly a regime change policy", said Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. "To think that we'd allow Iran to go back on the path of developing nuclear weapons while we try to get Iran to meet all twelve objectives is risky".

Jean Claude Juncker, the commission's president, said it has a "duty to protect European companies" from Washington's punitive fiscal measures. Rather, he demanded Iran's complete capitulation on 12 points.

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Most Iranians believe the nuclear issue is only an excuse to attack Iran. First, the White House indicated to USA allies that the deal could be saved but never undertook serious efforts to broker a supplemental agreement.

In a question and answer session after the speech, Pompeo said in his first days as secretary of state, he spent time "Trying to see if there was a way to fix the deal".

And he also strongly hinted that the Iranian people ought to overthrow their leaders. "I just don't think it will happen at the barrel of a gun or in response to U.S. diktat".

According to Pompeo, President Trump is willing to negotiate a new deal, but that is not the primary objective. Pompeo's Iran strategy is "basically sanctions on steroids, and appealing to the Iranian public", Dennis Ross, who worked for five Republican and Democratic administrations and is now a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, tweeted.

Through this Iran speech, the Trump administration is again showing its lack of experience.

"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". And sanctions can only work if truly worldwide.

Now the Europeans, Russians and Chinese are part of a much larger group America wants to press the Iranians to change their ways. In a statement at the White House on May 8, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the deal.

Mr Pompeo also said the United States would work with allies to counter Iran in the cyberspace, despite announcing that it will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But challenges to the accord are growing, as is pessimism among other parties about the accord's fate long-term. He further said Tehran should stop threatening Israel, and release all USA citizens in Iranian custody. A key envoy involved with the deal told me that his reaction to Pompeo's speech was "a silence full of anxiety, disbelief and sadness".

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