Israeli PM Praises Pompeo's Iran Speech as 'Policy That Can Guarantee Security'


In response, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the support of European officials would be insufficient without the United States, and implied that Europe was not doing enough to preserve the deal's benefits for Iran.

National Security Advisor John Bolton has said "it's possible" that the us would also impose sanctions on European corporations who continue to do business with Iran and attempt to uphold the JCPOA. "We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them", said the secretary.

A staunch opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu again showered US President Donald Trump with praise for pulling out of the deal on May 8.

U.S. sanctions lifted after the 2015 deal would be re-imposed, he said, and those and new measures would together constitute "unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime".

"We believe this is the right policy".

"It repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards".

In a speech in Washington, America's top diplomat said Iran would be "battling to keep its economy alive" after the sanctions took effect.

Even after Iran's revolutionary guard corps detained and humiliated 10 US sailors who drifted into Iranian territorial waters, Kerry made sure to thank Zarif for helping to get them released. "Every country's going to have to understand that we can not continue to create wealth for [Quds Force Commander] Qasem Soleimani", Pompeo said.

The Iran deal has drawn some of the starkest lines yet between the United States and its allies.

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"Uniting [our] efforts is the correct path for Iran to realize the futility of its incursions and expansionism".

"This list may seem long to some, but it is simply a reflection of the massive scope of Iranian malign behavior", Pompeo said.

The strategy leaves the United States at odds with the five other major powers-Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia-that were equal partners to the nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the most significant non-proliferation agreement in more than a quarter century. It said Iran could still shoot off those ballistic missiles, obviously meant to transport nukes someday.

Similarly, Danish and German companies announced that they would begin winding down their business with Iran. Total had planned to invest at least $1 billion in Iran's South Pars gas field.

European leaders have vowed to continue economic engagement with Iran, and Mr. Pompeo conceded that many allies see the nuclear deal as essential to their own national security.

According to Politifact, Trump had promised to "renegotiate" the Iran deal, but initially remained fairly quiet on the matter.

"I think in the end, we will get back to the kind of additions to the JCPOA that we initially envisaged - but it may take a long time", Johnson said on Monday ahead of a G20 foreign ministers summit in Argentina, at which discussions about the nuclear deal are expected to take place.

The EU has been trying to persuade Iran to stay in the 2015 agreement, even without Washington´s participation.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, told reporters later on Monday there is "no alternative" to the deal. Meantime, Trump will use harsh sanctions to worsen economic conditions for ordinary Iranians in hopes that they overthrow their government and install a USA -friendly regime. Ponder how North Koreans recently released three American prisoners as a prelude to talks while the Iranians released no American prisoners until Obama provided a ransom that he and confused supporters said was not a ransom.