Pompeo Seeks June Meeting With European Allies On Iran Strategy

Pompeo Seeks June Meeting With European Allies On Iran Strategy

Pompeo Seeks June Meeting With European Allies On Iran Strategy

Iran's supreme leader Wednesday launched a broadside at Washington's rejection of a nuclear accord with Tehran, saying the US pullout showed the Islamic Republic could not deal with a country that did not abide by its commitments.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened Iran with "the strongest sanctions in history" if it did not curb its regional influence, accusing Tehran of supporting armed groups in countries such as Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

"We have no conflicts with regard to these three countries [United Kingdom, France and Germany]; but we do not trust them, based on previous experience", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday at a meeting with representatives of the three branches of the Iranian government.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear activity in return for the lifting of sanctions.

In response to the United States withdrawal from the deal, the EU has moved to impose a "blocking statute" that would protect European businesses.

Pompeo presented a list of 12 demands to Iran, threatening to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" if Tehran does not comply.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

"Ayatollah Khamenei said that the second experience was the deep animosity of the U.S. towards Iran, adding that Iran's nuclear program was not at the heart of USA enmity towards the country but the Islamic establishment that has stood up to it, noting", The United States wants to eliminate the components of power in the Islamic Republic".

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"Europe should fully guarantee Iran's oil sales".

"Mr Pompeo and other USA officials in the current administration are prisoners of their wrong illusions, prisoners of their past and have been taken hostage by corrupt pressure groups", he told state television.

Under the requirements, "Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon, ever", Pompeo said.

In the wake of Trump's decision, the leaders of Great Britain, Germany and France called on other participants in the deal to continue fulfilling it.

Earlier on May 23, Pompeo reiterated his tough stance toward Iran in testimony before a House committee.

He also stipulated that European powers must protect Iranian oil sales from United States plans to scuttle them by reimposing global sanctions on Tehran, and continue buying Iranian crude.

Pompeo on Wednesday told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing the administration meant to work with "as many partners, friends and allies as possible" to stop what he described as all of Tehran's nuclear and non-nuclear threats. "[But] we have not been able to achieve effective deterrence of some of these efforts of the Russians", he said, adding that some USA allies in Europe "are even more threatened by the Russians".

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