Iran rejects US' threatening remarks against its nuclear programme

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

At the same time, Pompeo offered Iran a series of dramatic potential USA concessions if it agrees to make "major changes".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed threats made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying the rest of the world no longer accepts America making decisions on their behalf.

Besides imposing unbearable economic costs, he also vowed to "crush" Iranian operatives and their proxies so Tehran will "never have the carte blanche to dominate the Middle East". Those with memory may recall a similar build-up before the George W. Bush administration launched a war against Iraq in March 2003.

The head of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy committee in parliament said that the only way to salvage the nuclear deal would be for the European signatories to stand up to the United States.

Mogherini stressed right after Trump withdrew from the agreement that the European Union would remain in the agreement and will do so "as long as Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments, as it is doing so far".

The Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning on Monday said the US will take all necessary steps against Iran's alleged malicious activities in the region. It's safe to say that while New Delhi will comply with the sanctions, it won't be excited about being enlisted.

But the Trump administration has held out hope that those same allies will put aside that frustration and work with the U.S.to ramp pressure back up on Iran through sanctions in a bid to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table for a stronger deal.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press in New York, April 24, 2018. Pompeo further called on Iran to halt its ballistic missile program.

She reiterated that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had confirmed already 10 times that Iran has implemented "all its nuclear related commitments" under the agreement.

In exchange, the U.S. would be willing to lift all sanctions and normalise diplomatic and commercial relations. The demands are created to shut the door on negotiations, not open it. "They're interested in regime change".

Meanwhile, the conservative Kayhan newspaper, which usually voices the political attitudes of Iran's hardliners, said in its May 14 edition that Rouhani had made numerous strategic mistakes in his decision to enter negotiations with the West.

"He will not live forever, nor will the Iranian people abide the rigid rule of tyrants forever", Pompeo said. That is their decision to make. 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.

In a speech yesterday, Pompeo called Iran out for a wide range of "malign activities" apart from its nuclear program and demanded the negotiation of a new deal that goes far beyond the single focus of the 2015 agreement and that would have the status of a formal treaty.

Iran was deemed in compliance of the JCPOA, including by the Trump administration. "You just have to ask, how are you going to get overwhelming pressure on Iran to submit to this radical all-encompassing set of requirements if your sanctions coverage is pretty patchy?" explained a senior European diplomat, who was granted anonymity to speak frankly.

Khamenei himself wasted no time in indirectly blaming Rouhani for the United States exit from JCPOA.

Pompeo gave no indication that European companies will be given waivers. "Anytime sanctions are put in place, countries have to give up economic activity", he said bluntly.

Iran is one of the world's largest oil producers, and the export of oil and gas is worth billions of dollars each year. "I'll concede there are American companies who would love to do business with the Islamic Republic of Iran".

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