Tehran will struggle to “keep its economy alive” if it does not comply with a list of 12 US demands, including Iranian withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed on Monday.

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington think tank, Pompeo laid out a list of 12 “basic requirements” for Iran. The demands call on Iran to withdraw from Syria, “release all US citizens,” end support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, stop “enrichment” of uranium, and promise never to process plutonium. Iran must also allow “unqualified access to all nuclear sites throughout the country,” Pompeo said.

He promised that the US would impose the “strongest sanctions in history” if Iran failed to comply with these demands.

Pompeo said that “the sting of sanctions will be painful” and Iran will struggle to “keep its economy alive” if Tehran “does not change its course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen.”

“Thanks to our colleagues at the Department of Treasury, sanctions are going back in full effect and new ones are coming … These will indeed end up being the strongest sanctions in history,” Pompeo said.

The secretary of state also pledged that the US “will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world, and we will crush them. Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”

Speaking directly to the Iranian people, Pompeo claimed that “President [Hassan] Rouhani and Foreign Minister [Javad] Zarif… are your elected leaders. Are they not the most responsible for your economic struggles?” He added: “The United States believes you deserve better.”

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Pompeo also said he’s sure that over time, Washington’s allies will warm to the Trump administration’s now unpopular stance on Iran.

Washington’s strategy is to weaken Iran economically, rather than engage in an actual war, Dr. Said Sadik, Professor of political sociology at the American university of Cairo, told RT in response to Pompeo’s address. “What the [US] is doing now is increase sanctions trying to undermine the power of Iran regionally, economically with the hope that that would lead to unrest and disturbances in Iran, that it would make the Iranian government stop trying to help its allies or extend its influence in the area. This is basically what they want.”

Sadik added: “I don’t think they want a war because war is very expensive and dangerous in this strategic area…What they want is to weaken Iran financially, economically, with the hope that the Iranian government will not be that powerful in the area as it is now.”

The speech comes after Trump announced earlier this month that he was pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal. Europeans allies had pleaded with Trump not to withdraw from the historic accord, which put tight restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani described the US pull-out from the deal as a “historic experience for Iran,” adding that “by exiting the deal, America has officially undermined its commitment to an international treaty.”

Iran says it expects the EU to continue to honor the agreement, despite Washington’s withdrawal from the accord. Inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have repeatedly confirmed that Iran is in full compliance with its obligations under the deal.

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Source: RT

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A pity that the other nations do not sanction and embargo the US.
IF the EU, Russia and China spit together the US will have to swim.
Because these three control more than half of the worlds
economy and the US merely a quarter.

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I hope they will do so – and BRICS nations India, Brazil and South Africa will also join to humble arrogant U.S. govt.

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Exactly.
Note that with the last set of extraterritorial sanctions on Russia, Yanks were threatened of both retaliatory sanctions and to be dragged before the WTO, would they racket any EU company doing business with Russia.
Extraterritorial sanctions are forbidden under international law.
Trump amended his law to avoid clashing with the EU :
EU seems slightly under US nominal GDP but the GDP/PPP is higher, same for China, meaning both economies are actually stronger than the US one…

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down hill to the garbage bin of history – making america great in perm h**l

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Please try to do pertinent analyses instead parroting always the same mottos.
Use your brain!

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The US should leave Syria first as they are illegally squatting on Syrian land.
“release all US citizens,” This suggests that the rumours that US special forces and contractors have been captured in terrorist enclaves are true.

Iran does not need anything the US has to sell and can sell and buy goods from Russia, China and Brics nations.

The EU will have to grow some b***s or lose badly needed sales to Iran.

The US is in total insanity mode now which indicates they are in serious economic trouble and need to rape and pillage again.

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Trump could not have put two greater evil morons in place than Bolton and Pompeo. So sad.

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“The US should leave Syria first as they are illegally squatting on Syrian land.“release all US citizens,” This suggests that the rumours that US special forces and contractors have been captured in terrorist enclaves are true.” => He’s speaking about US citizens detained in IRAN! Mostly dual citizens. If any SOF had been caught in terrorist enclaves, he’d have been paraded in front of all media for long! You don’t miss such a PR opportunity, c’mon! Rumours are BS! In recorded human history, there were rumours about near 5000 gods, none was ever seen, except by schizophrenics and people using… Read more »

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Oh US of A, you do make me chuckle. Drop dead and go to h**l, you war – mongering, imbecilic fools.

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Blah Blah blah, impose sanctions like they did on Germany and Japan after WW1 and they set the table for WW2. And as if any American politician would go to Iran and talk to them. I’m walking out now…..

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Iran’s currency crisis could bring it one step closer to economic collapse. Iranians are scrambling for Amrikan dollars as Iran’s currency, the rial, plummets to historic lows amid economic and political uncertainty. The rial has lost one-third of its value this year alone and is now 60,000 to the dollar. When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took power in 2013 a dollar bought 36,000 rials. During 1979 Islamic Revolution one dollar bought 70 rials. We can see the inflation. To stem this mounting panic, Tehran announced this week that it was setting the official exchange rate at 42,000 rials to the… Read more »

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Good job America, they should have done this long time ago. This shows the policy of appeasment will never work and fail over and over. I hope europe also consider the real threat that Iran bears and sanction Iranian regime aslo. trade with Iran has only benifited the terrorism and atomic and missile programs and poor people of Iran have always suffered.