Pompeo says Iran sanctions will be enforced

Pompeo says Iran sanctions will be enforced

Pompeo says Iran sanctions will be enforced

"They're the world's largest state sponsor of terror", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Indonesian television in an interview Sunday.

Trump has ordered US sanctions on Tehran, while a senior State Department official said Washington has told allies to cut imports of Iranian oil by November.

Washington made a decision to reimpose sanctions and has told other countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face USA financial measures.

The US President Donald trump has expressed doubt whether he will be able to meet with the Iranian leader, saying that the conduct of us-Iran talks at the highest level depends exclusively on Tehran.

Trump's offer for dialogue came after Pompeo seemed to suggest support for a change in Iran leadership, telling an audience of Iranian expats in California that the regime had been a "nightmare".

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in United States relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country. 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. Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard on Sunday acknowledged conducting recent naval exercises near the crucial Strait of Hormuz after renewing threats to cut off the waterway to oil traders.

Iran's oil exports could fall by as much as two-thirds by the end of the year because of the USA sanctions, putting oil markets under strain amid supply outages elsewhere in the world.

The tensions have already fuelled a run on Iran's currency, which has lost more than half its value since April, and exacerbated widespread concerns over high unemployment, inflation and the lack of reform.

If Iran senses "American steel they back down, if they perceive American mush they push forward - and right now they perceive steel", said Mark Dubowitz, chief executive of Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank that lobbied against the nuclear deal. United Nations inspectors said Iran was complying with the deal, but Trump felt the agreement did not go far enough.

European countries say they remain committed to the agreement, seeing it as the surest way to safeguard their national security. Both diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to brief the media on ongoing negotiations.

Sanctions and diplomatic pressure could pile enough pressure on the regime that it comes to the negotiating table - something Trump has advocated for.

A deepening of Iran's economic crisis could also lead to an influx of refugees and migrants into Europe like that seen on the heels of the Syrian conflict.

"Iran will be forced to make a choice: either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or keep squandering precious wealth on fights overseas".

At least for now, the U.S. is fixated on bringing as much diplomatic and economic pressure to Iran as possible - though it is not clear where things are headed, or if there is an increased risk of conflict. US officials last week said Iran carried out a similar exercise, though Tehran did not immediately acknowledge it. Global sanctions were lifted under the pact between world powers and Tehran in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme.

On Aug. 7, Washington will reimpose sanctions on Iran's purchase of US dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software.

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