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US will 'crush' Iran allies, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned European businesses that they would be held "to account" for working with Iran as he unveiled a list of steep demands he said should be included in a new nuclear deal.

"That's nonsense, nothing can be agreed on this basis", he said from Vienna in a video conference.

The suggestion of a further US military role in the region was striking, since US President Donald Trump has said he seeks to draw down the US troop presence in Syria, where Iran provides training and arms to militiamen.

When asked whether the Pentagon will respond similar to the State Department, Manning said Iran's "malicious activities" are harmful as they remain a threat to the stability of the region and Pentagon will do anything in order to prevent it.

This new list of demands and Washington's increasingly hostile rhetoric will undoubtedly result in another escalation of attacks against Rouhani.

Pompeo said on Monday that the USA will apply "unprecedented financial pressure" on Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history" if Tehran does not change course.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers' summit in Argentina that the exit from the Iran nuclear deal would be a catastrophe.

The one demand that Iran could theoretically assent to is the release of all U.S. citizens imprisoned on a variety of charges, as well as citizens of countries allied with the United States such as France and Britain.

But EU officials admit there is a limit to what they can do to parry sanctions as a wave of European companies quit business with Tehran, fearing the global reach of United States sanctions. "The world today does not accept America to decide for the world, as countries are independent". Behind them lay what Pompeo vowed would be "unprecedented financial pressure" through new sanctions.

The statute prohibits European Union companies and courts from complying with specific foreign sanctions laws and says no foreign court judgments based on these laws have any effect in the EU.

Some of Europe's biggest firms who rushed to do business with Iran after the nuclear deal now find themselves forced to choose between investing there or trading with the US. Iran has no nuclear weapons and has significantly curbed its program. Pompeo essentially demanded Iran's total submission without offering anything in return aside from the hazy prospect of sanctions relief at some future date. At least six Americans are imprisoned or unaccounted for, and they are widely considered to be bargaining chips. "We call on the entire worldwide community to join this American position", Netanyahu added.

"This will only lead to one thing: confrontation", he said.

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

"It must cease its threatening behaviour against its neighbours", Pompeo said.

Salehi said "until these promises are not implemented and put into practice, we can not speak firmly". Are they not the most responsible for your economic struggles?

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

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