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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Monday to levy an “unprecedented” level of sanctions to bring Iran to heel after the U.S. announced it was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear accord.
In his fist major foreign policy address since becoming chief diplomat, Pompeo laid out 12 pillars the U.S. would demand from Iran for a new deal, even as he said a new agreement is “not the objective” of the Trump administration.
“We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime,” Pompeo told an audience at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “The sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that rejoins the league of nations. These will indeed end up being the strongest sanctions in history when we are complete.”
The article goes on to state the following:
In his speech, Pompeo acknowledged the concerns European allies have with the United States reimposing sanctions, but said businesses from all countries must make sacrifices to change Iran’s behavior.
“Any time sanctions are put in place, countries have to give up economic activity,” he said. “Everyone’s going to have to participate in this. Every country’s going to have to understand that we cannot continue to create wealth for [Quds force commander] Qasem Soleimani.”
Pompeo vowed the Trump administration would renegotiate the current deal and listed 12 areas Iran must agree to for a new deal. Those include giving the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the full history and military dimensions of its nuclear program, stopping all enrichment including closing its heavy water reactor, giving the IAEA unqualified access to the country, ending proliferation of ballistic missiles, releasing all U.S. detainees and ending support for proxies around the Middle East.
“As President Trump said two weeks ago, he is ready, willing and able to negotiate a new deal, but the deal is not the objective,” he said. “Our goal is to protect the American people.”
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