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Russian diplomat slams Pompeo's demands addressed to Iran as nonsense

Russian diplomat slams Pompeo's demands addressed to Iran as nonsense

Pompeo on Monday threatened to place "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran if its government doesn't change course.

"The regime has been fighting all over the Middle East for years", he said at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani quickly dismissed the threats, saying the rest of the world no longer accepts Washington making decisions on their behalf.

The speech comes a week after Trump announced he was pulling out of the deal struck by President Barack Obama, Iran and world powers.

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?", Rouhani was quoted saying by the Iranian news agency ILNA.

He said there would be no victor in a tariff or trade war, adding: "If you fight fire with fire, all you're left with is scorched earth".

Echoing Maloney's assessment of Pompeo's newly unveiled "Plan B" for nuclear negotiations-which comes around two weeks after President Donald Trump violated the Iran nuclear accord and placed the US on the path to yet another war in the Middle East-National Iranian American Council (NIAC) president Trita Parsi arguedthat the Trump administration's demands are intentionally unrealistic and "clearly created to ensure there can not be any new negotiation".

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.

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal? "We call on the entire worldwide community to join this American position", Netanyahu added.

Experts said the move was meant to remove voices of dissent from the administration, and to essentially allow Trump to be himself.

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".

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Yet the United States withdrawal from the JCPOA is unlikely to trigger any change in Iran that would be beneficial to Washington.

Rouhani compared the comments as akin to those made by the administration of George W. Bush ahead of the 2003 Iraq invasion.

"The era of such statements has evolved and the Iranian people have heard these statements hundreds of times, and no longer pays attention", Mr Rouhani added. "But you should know that we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account". Iran has no need for anyone's permission to act in the Middle East.

"The insignificant, insulting and secondary remarks of the new US Secretary of State and his unacceptable attitude to the great and civilized Iranian nation testify to the US government officials' despair and helpless stance on the Iranians", the statement read.

"We want to hear their concerns".

The secretary of state did not say what new measures Washington was contemplating but he described sanctions imposed last week on the head of Iran's central bank as "just the beginning".

In reality, there is no choice - European companies can not afford to forsake the USA market. There's less appetite for that among Europeans, and even less among other countries willing to buy Iranian oil, such as China and India. "If they choose their commercial interest is to trade with USA and not to seek new contract with Iran, that's for them". Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, rejected the approach saying there was "no alternative" to the existing nuclear deal which the United States has reneged on.

The European Union is studying ways to protect its companies from the sanctions and keep intact the 2015 accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, without the U.S. The EU's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, said Monday that "there is no alternative" to the agreement.

Whatever Trump may eventually decide to do, he should not claim to do it in the name of "the long-suffering people of Iran".

The Pentagon said it would take all necessary steps to confront Iranian behavior in the region and was assessing whether that could include new actions or doubling down on current ones.


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