Pompeo Seeks June Meeting With European Allies On Iran Strategy

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas delivers a speech during a press conference at the end of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Buenos Aires Argentina

Pompeo Seeks June Meeting With European Allies On Iran Strategy

"The People of Iran have shown that they resist bullying", he said.

On May 23, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris would continue to implement the accord even if it did agree with the USA that Iran's ballistic missile activity and regional hegemonic ambitions needed to be curbed.

"There is no doubt that the Americans will be defeated... provided Iranian officials fully perform their duties", he added.

He further said Britain, France and Germany must pledge they would not seek negotiations on Iran's ballistic missile programme and on its regional activities, both of which were not covered by the nuclear pact but are now demanded by Washington.

Pompeo vowed to levy the "strongest sanctions in history" on Tehran unless it abandons its nuclear program and halts what the US has criticized as destabilizing activity in the Middle East.

A senior Iranian military official reportedly argued the U.S.

The top diplomat further said the USA has failed to turn the tide of global opinion against Iran and in favor of itself by spreading lies about the Islamic Republic.

On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal and announced the re-imposition of sanctions.

Pompeo Seeks June Meeting With European Allies On Iran Strategy

Trump, however, said a "real, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Iran nuclear threat" was being worked on by the USA and its allies.

He warned that if the Europeans did not meet these demands, Iran would resume its enrichment of uranium, halted under the deal to minimise the risk of Tehran developing the means to build nuclear weapons.

In a May 23 interview on Iran's state television, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Pompeo's comments about Iran "untrue" and based on "old illusions".

Iranian state television said that Trump's decision to withdraw was "illegal, illegitimate and undermines global agreements".

The Iran nuclear deal was signed between six countries in 2015 - Iran, US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China for lifting economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limitations to the country's nuclear programme. The Iranian nation have been victorious in all periods of history and I want to say it here, Mr Trump!

"Pompeo and other U.S. officials are trapped in old illusions".

Senior officials from the remaining parties to the accord - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - will meet their Iranian counterpart on Friday in Vienna.

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