Iran should withdraw from Syria and comply with other US demands if it wants to avoid the most severe sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured) said on Monday.
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, Pompeo listed 12 “basic requirements” for Iran. Among them are: Tehran should withdraw from Syria, release all US citizens, end support for Houthi rebels in Yemen, stop enrichment of uranium, never process plutonium and allow unqualified access to all nuclear sites throughout the country.
Iran has to change its course from the unacceptable path it has chosen. Otherwise, the country will have to struggle to “keep its economy alive,” Pompeo said.
Old sanctions are coming back along with new ones. These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history, he said.
US will crush Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies around the world to such an extent that Tehran will never again try to dominate the Middle East.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are most responsible for people’s economic struggles.
US allies will gradually take Washington’s line against Tehran, he said.
Trump announced this month that US is pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal. Europeans allies unsuccessfully pleaded with him not to walk away.
Rouhani said the US officially undermined its commitment to an international treaty. But Iran is committed to working with other signatories to preserve the deal, he said.