Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, speaks at the Heritage Foundation, a group of conservative public policy experts, in Washington, on Monday, May 21, 2018. Pompeo threatens to place "the strongest sanctions in history" against Iran if the government does not change course (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
by Josh Lederman | AP by Josh Lederman | AP May 21 at 9:37 AM
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a list of lawsuits on Monday that said he should be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the Obama era agreement , threatening "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran does not change course.
After the withdrawal of President Donald Trump's agreement, the United States will guarantee that "Iran does not have a possible way for a nuclear weapon, never "While calling for a better agreement to restrict Iran's activities, he said the United States" would apply unprecedented financial pressure "to bring Tehran to the table.
" They will be the strongest sanctions in history. the moment we find ourselves "complete", said Pompeo at the conservative Heritage Foundation, his first major policy speech since he took office as a senior diplomat.
Pompeo's list of 12 requirements included many that Iran is unlikely to consider.
He said Iran must "stop". enrichment "of uranium, which was allowed within the strict limitations of the 2015 agreement. Iran should also allow" unqualified nuclear access to all sites throughout the country, "said Pompeo, alluding to military sites that were outside The limits of the 2015 agreement except in specific circumstances To that end, he also said that Iran must declare all previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon, reopening a topic that the International Atomic Energy Agency of the UN already considered a closed issue.
Pompeo also demanded that Iran cease a range of activities throughout the Middle East that have attracted the ire of the United States and its allies, saying that Iran must end support for Shiite Shiite rebels in Yemen, "withdraw all the forces "of Syria, stop supporting their ally Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel.
Iran must also" liberate all American citizens "desapa in Iran or held on "spurious charges," he said.
At the same time, Pompeo offered Iran a series of potential dramatic US concessions if it agrees to make "major changes". Under a new agreement, the United States would be willing to lift all sanctions, restore diplomatic and trade ties with Iran, and even support the modernization of its economy, Pompeo said.
"It is the hope of the United States that our work towards peace and security will produce fruits for the suffering people of Iran," said Pompeo.
Pompeo's speech came after Trump infuriated US allies in Europe by withdrawing from the agreement negotiated in 2015 by President Barack Obama, Iran and the world powers. The European allies had begged Trump not to ruin that deal and are now struggling to keep the agreement alive even without EE. UU
But the Trump administration has maintained the hope that those same allies will put aside that frustration and will work with EE. UU Increase pressure on Iran through sanctions in an attempt to bring Tehran to the negotiating table for a stronger agreement.
Pompeo said he understood that Trump's decision "will pose financial and economic difficulties for several of our friends." he warned them that the USA UU They planned to comply with threats to punish European companies that continue to do business with Iran, which is allowed under the agreement, but will violate the sanctions imposed by the United States.
"I know that our allies in Europe can try to keep the old nuclear agreement with Tehran, that's their decision," said Pompeo. "They know where we are."
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