Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

US will enforce the sanctions against Iran: Mike Pompeo

US will enforce the sanctions against Iran: Mike Pompeo

Tension between Iran and the United States increased after US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal in May and to re-impose economic sanctions on Tehran.

After the official statement, the US President signed the Memorandum on the resumption of sanctions against Iran. "The United States is going to enforce these sanctions".

The nuclear deal lifted global sanctions in exchange for Iran agreeing to restrictions on its nuclear program.

Rather than immediately re-impose sanctions in May, the Trump administration gave companies doing business with Iran two "wind-down" periods.

However, Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri, a senior cleric and member of Iran's influential Expediency Council, said Trump's offer of talks should not be categorically rejected.

The more significant wind-down was a 180-day period that ends November 4. They will be entered within 180 days and will affect, in particular, trade, oil and banking sectors Iran.

The U.S. also has banned imports of Iranian products such as carpets and pistachios and revoked licenses that allowed Iran to purchase U.S. and European aircraft.

Pompeo laid out the strategy behind the sanctions in his first major address as secretary of state.

"In terms of practical impact, they'll be more symbolic than anything else", added Luke Coffey, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the conservative Heritage Foundation. The first round of USA sanctions on Iran goes into effect in August, followed by ones targeting Iran's oil exports in November.

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The revocation of export licenses for civil aviation, meanwhile, will hit Boeing and Airbus, which had $40 billion deals to sell aircraft to Iran Air.

Speaking at a White House news conference on July 30, Trump had said, "I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet".

"One of the things I've heard an very bad lot of over the course of the last couple of months is whether or not this is still all a feint and all meant to rejuvenate the diplomatic process that had otherwise been stalled", he said on a conference call with reporters.

Trump and other officials have expressed hopes that the sanctions and demonstrations will help put pressure on the government to come back to the negotiating table.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Sunday that he would appear at an open session of the parliament to answer questions on his cabinet's economic performance and agenda, as requested by the lawmakers. Try respect: "for Iranians & for int'l commitments", he tweeted.

The U.S. State Department said on its Persian-language Twitter account: "While it is ultimately up to the #people_of_Iran to determine their country's path, #America supports the voice of the Iranian people, which has been ignored for a long time".

"It's good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world". If they want to survive, their choice is clear - meet the "great Satan".

The looming USA sanctions have led to a worsening economic crisis in Iran that has seen a sharp drop in the value of the Iranian currency since Trump walked out of the nuclear deal.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his nation will work to save the Iranian nuclear deal to ensure Iranian oil will continue to flow through the market, during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Zarif.

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