Iran will face the “strongest sanctions in history” if it doesn’t change course, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned. Following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has now been issued with a list of 12 demands by Washington. In his first major policy speech since taking on the role of America’s top diplomat last month, Mr Pompeo detailed the requirements Iran must abide by in a new agreement. This would replace the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed under Barack Obama but branded the “worst deal ever” by Mr Trump even before he took office. The US will “apply unprecedented financial pressure” to force Iran into new negotiations, Mr Pompeo said on Monday. Advertisement “These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete,” he declared, also issuing a promise that the US will ensure “Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon, ever”. The JCPOA curtailed Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. Mr Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal earned a rebuke from the UK, Germany and France , who have vowed to continue to abide by the agreement. More… Read full this story
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