Strongest sanctions ever will be imposed against Iran if it doesn’t change its course – Us Sec. of State Pompeo

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Pompeo HEritage.jpgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to place “the strongest sanctions in history” on Iran if its government does not change course.

While presenting the strategy following the US withdrawal from a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo said the United States “will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime”, adding that “the sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change its course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that rejoins the league of nations.”

Pompeo set 12 conditions for Iran to follow in order for the United States to agree to a new nuclear deal with Tehran in a speech in Washington on May 21 at the Heritage Foundation think tank.

He said the sanctions will apply “unprecedented financial pressure” on Iran, which he called the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

Pompeo said Iran will be “battling to keep its economy alive” under the sanctions and will have to choose between maintaining its economy or sponsoring terrorist and insurgent groups in countries like Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

He blamed the money that the Iranian government received after sanctions ended as a “newfound treasure” that it used to sponsor those groups.

Pompeo said if Iran makes “major changes,” the U.S. would be willing to lift all sanctions.

He did not give a timetable for when the sanctions would be imposed.

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