U.S. to Put 'Unprecedented Pressure' on Iran, Asks It to 'Withdraw Forces' from Syria

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The United States will increase the financial pressure on Iran with the "strongest sanctions in history," after Washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. The leaders in Tehran will have no doubt about our seriousness," Pompeo said in his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the CIA.

"The sting of sanctions will only grow more painful if the regime does not change course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen for itself and the people of Iran," he added in the speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank.

"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.

Pompeo's list of 12 tough requirements included many that Iran is highly unlikely to consider.

He said Iran must "stop enrichment" of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the 2015 deal. Iran must also allow nuclear "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country," Pompeo said, alluding to military sites that were off-limits under the 2015 deal except under specific circumstances. To that end, he also said Iran must declare all previous efforts to build a nuclear weapon, reopening an issue that the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency has already deemed a closed matter.

Pompeo also demanded that Iran cease from a range of activities throughout the Middle East that have long drawn the ire of the U.S. and its allies. He said Iran must end support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, "withdraw all forces" from Syria, halt support for its ally Hizbullah and stop threatening Israel.

Iran must also "release all U.S. citizens" missing in Iran or being held on "spurious charges," he said.

At the same time, Pompeo offered Iran a series of dramatic potential U.S. concessions if it agrees to make "major changes." Under a new agreement, the U.S. would be willing to lift all sanctions, restore full diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran, and even support the modernization of its economy, Pompeo said.

"It is America's hope that our labors toward peace and security will bear fruit for the long-suffering people of Iran," Pompeo said.

Comments 6
Thumb thepatriot 21 May 2018, 17:30

Cutting Iranian wings, equals to cutting part of Ebola's finances! Cut'em!

Thumb whyaskwhy 21 May 2018, 19:19

Sadly TP, as with most despot regimes they will continue to operate as their nation continues to decline, financially and morally, at the cost of the Iran. The Iranian people have paid a huge price for so long, however stripped of the ability to fight and defend themselves in a country run by mukhabarat and Mullahs they cannot make the change over night. The implosion has started and I am told by many Iranian friends that the government controlled Iranian media blanks out many anti governmental demonstrations. Ultimately the financial tight rope will impact the welfare of the people and further poverty is what they have to look forward to.

Thumb s.o.s 21 May 2018, 19:40

Texas, the ayatollah khamenei has 91 billions of dollars at his disposal, money seized or stolen from political opponents.

Thumb thepatriot 21 May 2018, 23:13

It is true Whyaskwhy... However let me add this:
The more a country is enclined to sanctions, the more the population suffers, the more it provides fertile ground for uprisings and revolutions. It will happen in Iran some day.
I also have a few Iranian friends who live outside Iran and who despise their regime ....

Thumb thepatriot 21 May 2018, 23:13

It is true Whyaskwhy... However let me add this:
The more a country is subject to sanctions, the more the population suffers, the more it provides fertile ground for uprisings and revolutions. It will happen in Iran some day.
I also have a few Iranian friends who live outside Iran and who despise their regime ....

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 21 May 2018, 21:39

U.S. to Put 'Unprecedented Pressure' on Iran, Asks It to 'Withdraw Forces' from Syria.
This makes the Russians very happy.