France Worries New US Sanctions on Iran Could Hurt Middle East

France Worries New US Sanctions on Iran Could Hurt Middle East

Europe and the United States remain "far from a compromise" over Washington's position on the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing government officials on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said the USA has been aiming to topple the Islamic republic for 40 years.

Pompeo was speaking two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled out of an global nuclear deal with Iran that had lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.

If Iran fails to comply with Washington's list of demands, the U.S. will impose the "strongest sanctions in history," Pompeo warned.

Mr Pompeo called the 2015 deal a "loser" and a "bad bet for the US, Europe and the world", saying it had allowed Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that European powers must protect Iranian oil sales from USA pressure and continue buying Iranian crude, and must promise they would not seek new talks on Iran's missile program and regional activities.

Iran's military threatened the United States on Wednesday, saying that in the event of an American attack, leaders in Washington will end up like deposed and executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

On May 8, President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the UN-endorsed nuclear agreement, a move which Salehi described as "unwise".

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President Donald Trump's new top diplomat offered remarks on Monday that outlined 12 "demands" of Iran, including a complete end to its nuclear program, its ballistic-missile work and its broad foreign policy across the Middle East, such as its support for Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Saddam was ousted in a USA -led invasion of neighbouring Iraq in 2003, however, the US failed to rebuild the country as promised and thousands of American soldiers were killed in years of rebellion and near anarchy which also gave rise to the dreaded Islamic State.

Other participants in the nuclear accord, including France, the United Kingdom and Germany, are trying to keep it intact.

Zangeneh said that every new decision in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) needs unanimity, and added, "I believe that if the European Union helps us, the level of our oil exports will not change".

All of the above signatories pledged to honour their commitments under the deal.

The deal was created to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Earlier on May 23, Pompeo reiterated his tough stance toward Iran in testimony before a House committee.

Pompeo on Wednesday told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that the administration meant to work with "as many partners, friends and allies as possible" to stop what he described as all of Tehran's nuclear and non-nuclear threats.

Pompeo also told the House committee that the United States will not tolerate Russian interference in 2018 USA elections and will oppose "continued efforts to do so".

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