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Iran's People Will 'Punch Pompeo in the Mouth': Iranian Official
June 23 2018, 04:45 | Van Peters
European allies alarmed by Pompeo speech laying out US demands on Iran
"The conditions of the United States are meaningless".
Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iran Revolutionary Guard branch that carries out operations outside Iran's borders, was singled out by Pompeo as a top troublemaker in the Middle East.
He said there would be no victor in a tariff or trade war, adding: "If you fight fire with fire, all you're left with is scorched earth".
In his speech Pompeo addressed the Middle East and the debate over the nuclear agreement. The Indian government, already hot and bothered under the collar by the impending sanctions on account of both Russian Federation and Iran, is unlikely to ask for waivers.
In response to the question on whether Iran is happy with the EU Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete's proposals made during his recent visit to Iran, Araghchi said "we are not aware of all the aspects yet".
Araghchi added that Iran is looking for Europeans' guarantees to neutralize the USA sanctions, for example on the sale of Iran's oil, to have effective banking transactions and to protect European companies doing business in Iran.
Pompeo is defending President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 deal during a speech Monday at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "Thanks to our colleagues at the Department of Treasury, sanctions are going back into effect and new ones are coming", he said.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that the United States seeks to distract the global attention from its "illegal moves" concerning Iran's nuclear deal by threatening and insulting the Iranian nation. "It continues to be a sanctuary for Al Qaeda, as it has done since 9/11", he said. 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".
Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters the military was looking at potential actions to push back against Iran's regional military influence as part of a larger USA government response. That possibility so rattled the regime that as the intensity of the uprising became apparent, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani telephoned his French counterpart to urge him to crack down on the NCRI. "We are waiting for the Europeans to deliver to us an economic package that they have promised and we had held discussions on". Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.
"Pompeo has not outlined a strategy, but rather a grab bag of wishful thinking that can only be interpreted as a call for regime change in Iran", said Suzanne Maloney, an Iran expert at the Brookings Institution.
"Iran must end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt the further launching and development of nuclear capable missile systems".
Iran must also "release all US citizens" missing in Iran or being held on "spurious charges", he said.
"Iran must respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government and permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias".
In addition to undermining the cohesion of the GCC, the increased unpredictability of Iranian conduct associated with a JCPOA withdrawal poses a grave threat to Saudi Arabia's security and geopolitical aspirations. Perhaps President Trump and his staunchly anti-Iran advisers are hoping that these confrontations between Rouhani and Iran's powerful hardliners may eventually lead to a much desired "regime change" in the country.
"Iran must end the IRG Quds forces' support for terrorists around the world". This certainly includes its threats to destroy Israel and its firing of missiles into Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The conundrum for Trump and Pompeo: After fracturing alliances and disregarding diplomacy in favor of quick action, the White House won't be able to put that sanctions regime fully in place, or curtail Iran's regional role, without participation of the five other nations that forged the deal with Iran.
Salehi said "until these promises are not implemented and put into practice, we can not speak firmly".