Pompeo vows USA and allies will 'crush' Iranian operatives globally


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today threatened to impose "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran if it doesn't change course, while also outlining a list of demands the Islamic republic is nearly certain to chafe at.

The speech did not explicitly call for regime change but Pompeo repeatedly urged the Iranian people not to put up with their leaders, specifically naming President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Pompeo on Monday also took aim at one of the more insidious elements of Obama's diplomatic strategy, which was that the countries most effected by the change in US policy toward Iran - Israel and America's Arab allies - were not included in negotiations.

"The 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.

"I want the Australians, the Bahrainis, the Egyptians, the Indians, the Japanese, the Jordanians, the Kuwaitis, the Omanis, the Qataris, the Saudi Arabians, South Korea, the UAE, and many, many others worldwide to join in this effort against the Islamic Republic of Iran", Pompeo said in a speech at Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Mr Pompeo also said the U.S. would work with allies to counter Iran in the cyberspace, despite announcing that it will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Some of Europe's biggest firms who rushed to do business with Iran after the nuclear deal now find themselves forced to choose between investing there or trading with the US.

Pompeo's comments were welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the demands amounted to "the only policy that could ultimately guarantee the security of the Middle East". "These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete", Pompeo said. "Are these two not responsible for wasting Iranian lives throughout the Middle East?"

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Similarly, Danish and German companies announced that they would begin winding down their business with Iran.

Pompeo also warned European companies conducting business with Iran that the US would also subject them to economic penalties.

Under the 2015 deal with six world powers - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the USA and Germany, as well as the European Union - Iran scaled back its enrichment of uranium and vowed not to pursue nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

Pompeo said that that if Iran meets the Trump administration's demands the USA would end the sanctions, give Iran access to advanced technology and re-establish diplomatic and commercial relations.

"This list may seem long to some, but it is simply a reflection of the massive scope of Iranian malign behavior", Pompeo said. The EU tried to dismiss Mr Pompeo's threat to Iran saying that it remained committed to the full implementation of the nuclear deal.

"Every country is going to have to participate" in the new American sanctions against Tehran, Mr. Pompeo said.

In his speech, Pompeo gave short shrift to what the administration has been calling "fixes" to the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Maloney said she supports regime change in Iran. "We will also ensure Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon - ever". "True the public is alienated from the regime but the United States visa policy also alienates them".

"He will not live forever, nor will the Iranian people abide the rigid rule of tyrants forever", Pompeo said.