Netanyahu hails U.S. policy on Iran, calls on world to back

Calvin Saunders
May 23, 2018

"Secretary Pompeo's speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA has made or will make the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation or how it puts us in a better position to influence Iran's conduct in areas outside the scope of JCPOA", Mogherini said in a statement, according to AFP.

Under a portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, worshippers chant slogans in a pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran.

In particular, Ulyanov pointed out that contrary to United States demands it was impossible for Iran to terminate the recycling of plutonium. Canete will raise with Tehran the possibility of European Union governments bypassing the USA financial system by making direct payments to Iran for oil exports and to repatriate Iranian funds in Europe - though the move will be up to member states.

"The United States is unable to understand that Iran has sovereign rights, including the right to civilian nuclear power", Ulyanov stressed.

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

Germany's economy minister says the government will help firms maintain business with Iran where it can after the U.S. decision to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic. "After our sanctions come in force, it will be battling to keep its economy alive".

Iranian President quickly dismissed the threats, saying the rest of the world no longer accepts Washington making decisions on their behalf. "It will not have the resources to do both", Pompeo said. Critics said this is likely to lead to a more hard-line administration. "With friends like that, who needs enemies", European Council President Donald Tusk groused recently. Europe sees the pact, limiting Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the relaxation of economic sanctions, as vital for global security.

He did not mention Russian Federation or China, which both signed the nuclear accord and are unlikely to back greater USA sanctions on Iran, a clear weakness in any new crackdown on Iran. "But you should know that we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account".

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"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.

"If that is the case, it would complicate the efforts of European companies to extend trade relations with Iran". Iran has no nuclear weapons and has significantly curbed its program. But on Monday, he warned that once restrictions in the deal expire, Iran "would be free for a quick sprint to the bomb - setting off a potentially catastrophic arms race in the region".

Limiting Iran's missile capabilities was one of Pompeo's main demands, as the Iranian military has carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in recent years. Currently, inspectors must outline the basis for their suspicions.

Peter Altmaier has told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper that the government would help companies assess the situation and developments and ask the USA to grant exemptions and deadline extensions. At least six Americans are imprisoned or unaccounted for, and they are widely considered to be bargaining chips.

Europeans say that Pompeo's speech does not leave much room for negotiating with Iran.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press in New York, April 24, 2018.

Salehi said "until these promises are not implemented and put into practice, we can not speak firmly".

"It must cease its threatening behaviour against its neighbours", Pompeo said. Iran is spreading aggressively throughout the Middle East. "It is worth the Iranian people considering".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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