US will crush Iran: Mike Pompeo

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after announcing his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal at the White House on May 8

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after announcing his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal at the White House on May 8

Iran's Foreign Ministry has rejected the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's threatening remarks as "absurd and interventionist".

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

Iranian officials have said the EU's adopted mechanisms should be enforced by August 8 when U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic begin to take effect.

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.

Responding to a United States demand to end its intervention in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan and to cease its uranium enrichment, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attacked the Trump administration Monday.

"Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East", he said in outlining the new U.S. strategy on handling the Islamic regime, including 12 tough conditions from Washington for any "new deal" with Tehran.

Europe's energy chief will seek to reassure Iran's top ministers on Saturday that the European Union wants to keep trade open despite the United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

If Iran does not change course, the U.S.

For the time being, many European diplomats hope they can find loopholes for certain companies to continue doing business with Iran, by using small German banks for transactions, for instance. "The world today does not accept that the United States decides for the world".

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Total SA, the French oil and gas giant, is already considering withdrawing from a multi-billion-dollar gas project in Iran because of U.S. sanctions. "Iran will be forced to make a choice: either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or keep squandering precious wealth on fights overseas".

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

"The JCPOA is the result of more than a decade of complex and delicate negotiations, based on dual track approach and therefore the best possible outcome, striking the right balance", Mogherini said, according to AFP. A bad decision such as imposing even tougher sanctions on Iran, an attempt at regime change, or a military strike of any sort would push the country towards a military theocracy far more repressive and uncompromising than before both at home and overseas.

Iran, he added, was working with the other partners of the nuclear deal to find a solution. "It probably will take a significant amount of time to get a genuine fix for the other Iranian problems", he said.

Limiting Iran's missile capabilities was one of Pompeo's main demands. At least six Americans are imprisoned or unaccounted for, and they are widely considered to be bargaining chips. "The worldwide community expects all sides to keep the commitments they made more than two years ago", she added.

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

Maas said he will travel to Washington to talk with Pompeo this week.

European allies heard how Pompeo expects their support for the new U.S. plan - but he offered nothing in return, and threatened economic fallout for anyone still dealing with the Islamic Republic. Are they not the most responsible for your economic struggles?

Mahaffee said that Pompeo laid out a comprehensive plan to push back against Iranian power in the Middle East and did so with a willingness to confront European allies' interests in improved economic ties with Iran.

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