22 May 2018Hot off the Press
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In his first major speech, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history” if it does not comply with a list of demands he says should replace the current Iran nuclear deal.
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Mr Pompeo said the US will ensure “Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon, ever” by using “unprecedented financial pressure” to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table.
“These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete,” Mr Pompeo said.
Mr Pompeo’s listed 12 demands, including:
“First, Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.”
“Second, Iran must stop uranium enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing. This includes closing its heavy water reactor.”
“Third, Iran must also provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.”
“Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.”
“Iran must release all U.S. citizens, as well as citizens of our partners and allies, each of them detained on spurious charges.”
“Iran must end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hizballah [Hezbollah], Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”
“Iran must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi Government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias.”
“Iran must also end its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen.”
“Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout the entirety of Syria.”
“Iran, too, must end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harboring senior Al Qaida leaders.”
“Iran, too, must end the IRG [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] Qods Force’s [Quds Force’s] support for terrorists and militant partners around the world.”
“And too, Iran must end its threatening behavior against its neighbors – many of whom are U.S. allies. This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel, and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also includes threats to international shipping and destructive – and destructive cyberattacks.”
Mr Pompeo said, “I know our allies in Europe may try to keep the old nuclear deal going with Tehran. That is their decision to make. They know where we stand.”