‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The Past’: Pompeo Puts Nail In The Coffin On Iran Deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is looking no further than previous administrations on how best to deal with a nearly-nuclear Iran. During a presser on Monday, Pompeo said that the Trump administration would not be making the mistakes made by the Obama administration and others.

Instead, Pompeo wants to return the United States and their diplomatic efforts to what has previously worked: sanctions against Iran.

Instead of relenting however, the former CIA Director said the United States would utilize the “strongest sanctions in history.” Should Iran make “major changes” the U.S. could restore their diplomatic standing.

Per Reuters:

Weeks after the United States pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo spelled out a hardline approach towards the Islamic Republic that included working closely with the Pentagon and regional allies to contain Iran.

Pompeo laid out 12 demands for Iran and said relief from economic sanctions would only come when Washington had seen tangible shifts in Iran’s policies.

Pompeo said the United States would hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account.

His threat of further sanctions came as European parties to the landmark nuclear deal – France, Britain and Germany – were working to find a way to keep the pact in effect with Iran after Washington’s exit.

And, via Fox News:

In a Monday morning speech at the Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo detailed the administration’s policy toward Iran less than two weeks after President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement.

Borrowing a strategy, and a moniker, from what it views as a successful economic isolation campaign against North Korea, Pompeo said the United States is planning a new “pressure campaign.”

Like the administration’s North Korea strategy, Pompeo said the U.S. would lift sanctions and welcome Iran to the international economic system if it dramatically changed its behavior. Pompeo demanded Iran “permanently and verifiably abandon” its nuclear work “in perpetuity,” provide international 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.

“Our willingness to meet [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un underscores the Trump administration’s commitment to diplomacy to help solve the greatest challenges, even with our staunchest adversaries,” Pompeo said. “That willingness has been accompanied by a painful pressure campaign that reflects our commitment to resolve this challenge forever.”

And, “We understand that our re-imposition of sanctions and the coming pressure campaign on the Iranian regime will pose financial and economic difficulties for a number of our friends. We want to hear your concerns… but we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account.”

Pompeo mentioned that the administration will stand up against the Iranian regime and will support the Iranian people, who are often victims of human rights abuses by their government.

While his comments were vague, Pompeo assured that the U.S. would continue to work alongside allies in dealing with Iran. Pompeo did not seem to mean renegotiate a new deal.

Here’s more, per Bloomberg:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded Iran halt all uranium enrichment, stop its ballistic-missile program and give nuclear inspectors access to the entire country, in a speech detailing the U.S. approach now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear deal.

The demands were among 12 “basic requirements” that the U.S. will seek if Iran wants relief from a punishing sanctions regime Trump plans to reimpose, Pompeo said in a speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington that gave European leaders little reason to hope Washington will show flexibility in dealing with their companies that want to continue investing in the Islamic Republic.

Pompeo said Iran will continue to feel the “sting of sanctions” if its doesn’t change the “unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen. These will be the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete.”

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