U.S. unveils list of 12 demands for Iran deal

by Frankie Norman May 23, 2018, 0:06
U.S. unveils list of 12 demands for Iran deal

Mr Pompeo's speech did not specifically call for regime change in Iran but he did go as far as urging Iranian people not to put up with their leaders, naming President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Speaking at a weekly press briefing, Manning responded to reporters' question about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remark about Iran, threatening Tehran with the "strongest sanctions in history" if it did not change its regional policies.

Pompeo said Iran will continue to feel the "sting of sanctions" if its doesn't change the "unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen".

Under the new demands, Iran must declare the military dimensions of its nuclear programme and "permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity", stop uranium enrichment and allow worldwide inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country".

The new US demands are so intrusive and broad that Iran's rejection of them seemed all but certain even before Rouhani spoke.

"We are not asking anything other than that Iranian behavior be consistent with global norms", Pompeo said.

US President Donald Trump sparked an global outcry earlier this month when he announced his country would pull out of the landmark accord struck in July 2015 between Tehran and major world powers.

"We call on the entire worldwide community to join this American position", Netanyahu said on Monday.

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

"The world today does not accept America to decide for the world, as countries are independent".

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Pompeo warned that if Iran fully resumed its nuclear program Washington would be ready to respond and said the administration would hold companies doing prohibited business in Iran to account.

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. "These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete", Pompeo said.

Some European corporations, like the French automotive manufacturer Peugeot, have, in fact, suggested withdrawing from the deal, citing concerns about obtaining us sanctions waivers. "We acknowledge Iran's right to defend its people".

The spat comes after several European companies expressed concern about continuing business with Iran following the U.S. exit, raising further doubts about the viability of the deal.

Pompeo said if Iran made major changes, the United States was prepared to ease sanctions, re-establish full diplomatic and commercial relations and support the country's re-integration into the worldwide economic system.

Jean Claude Juncker, the commission's president, said it has a "duty to protect European companies" from Washington's punitive fiscal measures.

"We understand that our re-imposition of sanctions and the coming pressure campaign on the Iranian regime will pose financial and economic difficulties for a number of our friends", he said.

Some hardliners within Iran want to withdraw from both the JCPOA and the Non Proliferation Treaty, which prohibits signatories from developing nuclear weapons.

The administration billed the speech, Pompeo's first policy address as secretary of state, as an articulation of Trump's new strategy toward Iran less than a month after he ignored the pleas of US allies and withdrew from the nuclear accord.

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