Mike Pompeo Promises 'Strongest Sanctions In History' On Iran


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Tehran would be hit with the "strongest sanctions in history" and cautioned European firms against continuing to do business with it, toughening up Washington's policy line after its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrated as much with 100,000 hidden Iranian documents that Israel found. Critics yawn, but some of those showed Iranian determination to roll ahead with its weaponizing ambition, if at a slower pace.

"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.

"They know where we stand", Mr. Pompeo said.

The re-establishment of American sanctions will force European companies to choose between investing in Iran or trading with the US.

The United States earlier in the day demanded Iran make sweeping changes - from dropping its nuclear programme to pulling out of the Syrian civil war - or face sanctions as the Trump administration hardened its approach to Tehran.

"We focus on the Europeans, but there are scores of countries around the world who share our concerns and are equally threatened by the Iranian regime".

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.

Russian Federation and China - two other parties to the agreement - have also criticized the United States move and vowed to maintain trade with Iran.

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"From my conversations with European friends I know that they broadly share these same views of what the Iranian regime must do to gain acceptance in the global community", Pompeo said, calling on allies to join the U.S.in pressuring Iran to change. The new USA policy laid out a dozen new demands that put the Trump Administration on a collision course with the Iranian government-and falls only rhetorically short of supporting an uprising by the Iranian people. "It's on the table, we're not going to rule out anything necessary in order to address Iran", Manning said.

"Iranians shouldn't play into the challenges and US radicalism", Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told the Iranian Students News agency.

Political analyst Jamal Abdi said the United States knew that Iran could never agree with such demands.

Pompeo demanded that Iran come clean about all of its past nuclear work, completely stop its uranium enrichment, provide the International Atomic Energy Agency "unqualified access to all sites throughout the country", halt its ballistic missile development and testing, end its support for Middle East terrorist groups, and respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government. Every other country that negotiated the landmark 2015 deal, which eased sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, intends to adhere to the agreement.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. But not its actions which jeopardize the world's citizens".

Trump wants Brussels and others to support his hardline strategy and push for a fresh agreement.

"If they restart their nuclear program, they will have big problems, bigger problems than they've ever had before", he said. Instead, Trump wants North Korea to give up everything first. "We didn't create the list", Pompeo said. However, most importantly, the Obama team wanted to stop Iran from being able to build a nuclear weapon in weeks, which is exactly what the nuclear deal did, although that outcome is now uncertain.

The secretary also made an explicit appeal to the Iranian people.