Pompeo: Iran Thought It 'Could Act with Impunity' During Nuke Deal

Pauline Gross
May 14, 2018

Contrary to his woeful effort at explanation, this move will not make America safer.

"The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons", he added.

As yet, it's unclear how the Trump administration will tackle Iran in Syria, but there are some ideas that could work well.

The diplomatic campaign for keeping the nuclear agreement in place comes a few days after Trump defied protests and last-minute lobbying by his European partners and unilaterally chose to withdraw from the historic nuclear accord and impose new sanctions on Tehran. "The circumstances I'm in now is that I'm the national security adviser to the President".

For Tehran, defending the Syrian regime was non-negotiable, as it ensured Iran's access to Lebanon, helping it project power in the region. The United States should not negotiate with the world's largest state sponsor of terror. Under the deal, Tehran shipped 97 percent of its low-enriched uranium out of the country and dismantled two-thirds of its centrifuges.

A State Department official told reporters in a briefing Tuesday that no USA diplomats had yet engaged with any private sector energy companies about cutting their Iranian purchases but that energy bureau staff would "move out immediately" to do so.

While the deal called for the end to Iran's nuclear program, Iran has continued developing nuclear weapons, openly disregarding the terms of the agreement.

"We made the case for keeping the deal at every level". If they're going to see that it's not in their interest to stay in the deal; we're going to have to watch what the Iranians do. In 2012, the sanctions were created to end once Iran agreed to specific limits on its nuclear program.

Around 120 German companies have operations with their own staff in Iran, including Siemens, which was in talks to develop Iran's rail network, and some 10,000 German companies trade with Iran.

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The NPT already forbids Iran nukes: this "deal" gave us nothing but Iran billions and legitimacy.

Raddatz asked Bolton what parts of the agreement Iran was violating.

"Decisions on the Iranian side took longer than expected, global banks were reluctant to work with Iran and the recent decline in the value of (Iran's currency) made worldwide business even more hard", she said.

Perhaps the most interesting reason for the relative calm since Trump's announcement may be that the market has finally grown confident about USA oil production from shale and the likelihood that higher global oil prices will prompt greater domestic production relatively quickly. How does it help curb Iranian militias in Syria or Iraq if Trump frees Tehran to restart making nuclear fuel?

Israel recently uncovered a treasure trove of Iranian documents certifying their nuclear intentions and displaying before the world Iran's bold-faced lies of claiming no nuclear intent. However, proponents of the deal have said those time limits were meant to encourage more discussion with Iran in the future.

He will visit Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, a spokesman said, holding meetings with all of the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement.

Sources with three global trading houses involved in Iranian oil purchases said they expected Iran's customers to ask for waivers under the USA sanctions.

Thousands of Iranians protested yesterday across the country.

In July 2017, Bolton told an enthusiastic crowd at an MEK conference: "The only solution is to change the regime itself, and that's why before 2019 we here will celebrate in Tehran".

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