Can Tehran, Russia and Europe Sideline Washington to Save the Iran Deal?

Pompeo vows 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran

Can Tehran, Russia and Europe Sideline Washington to Save the Iran Deal?

Bahrain's Foreign Ministry has said it affirms full support for the United States' strategy toward Iran after America's top diplomat threatened to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" against Tehran if the country's leadership did not change the course of its foreign and domestic policy.

In announcing the new U.S. strategy towards Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Washington "will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime" unless it complied with a list of 12 conditions, which must be met before any new deal can be reached.

"This sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change its course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that rejoins the league of nations".

Pompeo demanded Iran "permanently and verifiably abandon" its nuclear work "in perpetuity", provide worldwide inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country", halt its ballistic missile program, release detained Americans, and end support for Middle East militant groups. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said the US plan for a "new jumbo Iran negotiation, a new treaty" is "very difficult" and hard to achieve "in anything like a reasonable timescale".

Mike Pompeo addressed the Heritage Foundation with a speech regarding new USA policy towards Iran after Washington withdrew from JCPOA. Pompeo further called on Iran to halt its ballistic missile program.

The fact is, Trump kept pushing Iran to exhibit peaceful intent, it did not and we are therefore in a situation where its continuing evil is more a real peril even if unseen by those who do not want to see.

"Our broad approach now that we've been emphasizing is that we need a new framework that's going to address the totality of Iran's threats", Brian Hook, the State Department's head of policy planning, told reporters.

Iran foe Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Pompeo's speech, and urged the rest of the world to follow suit. "We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them", Pompeo said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Are these two not responsible for wasting Iranian lives through the Middle East?

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Asked how the US will work with European nations to ease the impact of sanctions on their companies, Pompeo gave no ground.

National Security Advisor John Bolton has said "it's possible" that the USA would also impose sanctions on European corporations who continue to do business with Iran and attempt to uphold the JCPOA.

"This list may seem long to some, but it is simply a reflection of the massive scope of Iranian malign behavior", Pompeo said.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Mr Pompeo had not demonstrated in his speech how abandoning the deal made the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation. Many European allies have not disguised their irritation at the Trump administration over its positions on Iran, the Paris climate accord, moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and trade tariffs.

European nations, as well as Russian Federation and China, are vowing to stand by the deal - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - that Iran reached with six world powers and are trying to insulate their companies from the promised sanctions even though that's an uphill effort. "I don't just mean our friends in Europe", Mr Pompeo said.

President Barack Obama said the only alternative to the weak-kneed deal was war, and some Trump critics have said his abandonment of the deal could send Iran scurrying to get its nukes, something that would now take about a year as compared to maybe three months before the deal.

The Iran deal has drawn some of the starkest lines yet between the United States and its allies. The secretary said the administration ultimately wants a ratified treaty. The closest he came to that was saying, "We hope, indeed we expect, that the Iranian regime will come to its senses and support - not suppress - the aspirations of its own citizens". We've gone from a unified front against Iran to a unified front against President Trump's harebrained scheme.One wonders how a future president is going to fix the wreckage of American foreign policy this president will leave behind.

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