Pompeo's Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

Pompeo's Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

Pompeo's Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, in his first major foreign policy address, outlined 12 demands the USA has for Iran moving forward after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump took the USA out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal. It was echoed by him and today by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, very strong position: "No enrichment, tough sanctions and Iran should get out of Syria", he said.

"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", Suzanne Maloney, a former State Department policy-planning staffer who advised the George W. Bush Administration on Iran policy, wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Under the new demands, Iran must declare the military dimensions of its nuclear programme and "permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity", stop uranium enrichment and allow global inspectors "unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country".

The secretary of state's remarks came weeks after Trump announced the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement struck in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany, that was meant to block the Iranian government's path to a nuclear weapon. "The Pompeo strategy requires wisdom and a change of the Iranian compass", Gargash said in a tweet on Monday.

The strategy leaves the United States at odds with the five other major powers-Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia-that were equal partners to the nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the most significant non-proliferation agreement in more than a quarter century. "It's on the table, we're not going to rule out anything necessary in order to address Iran", Manning said.

Trump's newly installed top diplomat also hinted at the possibility of military action should Iranian leaders reconstitute their nuclear program. "At the end of the day, the Iranian people will put a time line" on their government, he said. It just said quit doing as much as you were.

Iran is unlikely to accede to the U.S. demands.

Pompeo's Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream
Pompeo's Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

All of that was worth it, Obama and Kerry insisted, because Iran had agreed to place temporary limits on its nuclear program that would expire over the next 10 to 20 years.

Fulminating against the landmark global agreement brokered under the Obama administration, Pompeo said US President Donald Trump was "willing, ready and able" to negotiate a new deal, but not inside the context of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the deal is formally known.

"These will be the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are done", he added.

The re-establishment of American sanctions will force European companies to choose between investing in Iran or trading with the US. Iran is spreading aggressively throughout the Middle East. Pompeo essentially demanded Iran's total submission without offering anything in return aside from the hazy prospect of sanctions relief at some future date.

Maas said he will travel to Washington to talk with Pompeo this week.

"US diplomacy sham is merely a regression to old habits: imprisoned by delusions & failed policies-dictated by corrupt Special Interest-it repeats the same wrong choices and will thus reap the same ill rewards".

The Trump administration will have a team of specialists traveling the world, explaining the administration's policy to American allies which, Pompeo said, will eventually get on board with Donald Trump's plan.

"We believe this is the right policy".

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