European allies alarmed by Pompeo speech laying out U.S. demands on Iran

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European leaders have strongly condemned the USA move to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions, seeing it as undermining regional security and a direct attack on their economic interests. President Trump announced in early May the USA would withdraw from the accord. Pompeo refused to commit to a timetable for the new American diplomacy, and British foreign secretary Boris Johnson suggested it wouldn't happen anytime soon.

"We are assessing if we are going to double down on current actions or implement new actions." said the spokesman, Colonel Robert Manning. "I'm not totally pessimistic about the situation". "It is worth the Iranian people considering".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at Palacio San Martin during the G20 foreign ministers' meeting on May 21, 2018, in Buenos Aires. He is committed to change and it is entirely up to Iran, but by the words of the senior U.S. official, President Trump has decided the sandglass has run out and the time for change has already begun.

To reassure the Iranians that the EU would continue to honour their side of the JCOPA deal, if Iran remained committed, the EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete travelling to Tehran to personally make that commitment to rather sceptical Iranian audience. Europeans allies had pleaded with Trump not to scuttle that deal and are now scrambling to keep the deal alive even without the U.S.

In a statement carried by multiple Iranian news agencies, Mr Rouhani rejected the top U.S. diplomat's speech made earlier on Monday, warning of the "strongest sanctions in history". But he warned them that the USA planned to follow through with threats to punish European companies that continue doing business with Iran that is allowed under the deal but will violate reimposed US sanctions.

"This list may seem long to some, but it is simply a reflection of the massive scope of Iranian malign behaviour", Pompeo said. In response to the attack, Israel conducted dozens of raids against Iranian targets in Syria, hitting approximately 50 positions.

In exchange, the USA would be willing to lift all sanctions and normalise diplomatic and commercial relations. Beijing also believes the developments over JCPOA and new sanctions will lend a natural advantage to Chinese companies competing for business in Iran. There's a huge market there.

Pompeo also demanded that Iran cease from a range of activities throughout the Middle East that have long drawn the ire of the USA and its allies.

United States national security adviser John Bolton has been a supporter of the MKO, which the Iranian government sees as a terrorist group. He said Iran's people must be the ones to decide and "make a choice about their leadership". "It will not have the resources to do both", Pompeo said. Three of Iran's major economic partners are China, Russia and the European Union, and between the three, they can more than offset the United States economic and political pressures.

"Americans think they own the world".

Asked how the German government could assist German firms feeling nervous in the wake of the US decision, Peter Altmaier told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper that Berlin would help them assess the situation and developments while also urging the U.S.to grant exemptions and deadline extensions. "They want to continue having trade relations with Iran even if the USA goes the other direction", West said.

Still, many question how effective US sanctions will actually be.

Mahaffee said that Pompeo laid out a comprehensive plan to push back against Iranian power in the Middle East and did so with a willingness to confront European allies' interests in improved economic ties with Iran.

We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them.

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