US will 'crush' Iran allies, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

ImageSecretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking at the Heritage Foundation

ImageSecretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking at the Heritage Foundation

Iran's Foreign Ministry has called the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's threatening remarks of crushing Iran "absurd and interventionist". Above, Pompeo with US President Donald Trump.

Pompeo said Tehran would be required to halt what the USA government said is intervention in conflicts in the Middle East, such as those in Lebanon and Yemen, adding that the United States will "track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them". "But only if Iran is willing to make major changes".

The statement comes a day after Pompeo delivered a speech dubbed "After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy", in which he promised that the U.S. would apply unprecedented financial pressure on Tehran via "strongest in history" sanctions.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday he will travel to Washington to meet with Pompeo to discuss Washington's stance on the global nuclear deal with Iran.

"Sanctions are going back in full effect, and new ones are coming", he warned further.

It's simply because they have greater interests with the USA, and as for those who do not care about the American market, prohibiting Iran from dealing with the dollar will subject them to bankruptcy.

Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the U.S. was a prisoner of its "failed policies" and it would suffer the consequences. "The world today does not accept America to decide for the world, as countries are independent". "Countries have their independence", he said in a statement published on Iran's ILNA.

FILE - In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2018.

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Besides imposing unbearable economic costs, he also vowed to "crush" Iranian operatives and their proxies so Tehran will "never have the carte blanche to dominate the Middle East".

For Iran, the administration is banking on being able to reconstitute an airtight sanctions regime that will give it no choice but to relent. But it's unclear whether or not those efforts will be enough.

The administration's approach "explicitly puts the onus on the Iranian people to change their leadership or face cataclysmic financial pressure", said Maloney who has advised the State Department on Iran in the Bush administration between 2005-2007.

Mogherini called on the keep its commitments as part of the agreement signed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama. Given the growth of the democratic opposition movement, the continued protests, and the very shaky foundation of the regime, it is wise for the Western world to stand on the side of the Iranian people as they are standing for their freedom.

Pompeo outlined 12 United States demands for Iran including to stop uranium enrichment, never to pursue plutonium reprocessing and to close its heavy water reactor.

"We want to hear your concerns", Pompeo said.

"The US Secretary of State's yesterday speech was a physiological war against Iran rather than a politically motivated move", Razi Haji-Aqamiri told Trend on May 22.

Both the European Union and Beijing have undertaken a number of diplomatic moves to lend their strong support to Iran in its latest showdown with Washington. In response to the attack, Israel conducted dozens of raids against Iranian targets in Syria, hitting approximately 50 positions. China also promised that if European companies withdraw from Iranian projects, as is increasingly likely despite EU government threats to defy USA demands, Chinese companies will step in where possible. Iran says its nuclear work has medical uses and will produce energy to meet domestic demand and complement its oil reserves. It must cease any uranium enrichment and withdraw its forces from Syria.

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