Pompeo: Sanctions 'Just a Part' of Iran Regime Behavior-Change Plan

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif speaks during a news conference in Istanbul

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif speaks during a news conference in Istanbul

Trump set in motion the resumption of sanctions on May 8, when he announced US withdrawal from a 2015 deal between Iran and world powers under which Tehran had agreed to curtail its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions.

Pompeo did not disclose the list of the jurisdictions, but noted that the 28-nation European Union will not get a waiver.

Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said Turkey had been told it would be granted a waiver.

Trump was, of course, referring to reimposing sanctions against Iran that had been lifted as part of an Obama-era nuclear agreement.

"This part of the campaign is aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues it uses to spread death and destruction around the world, Pompeo said".

Senate Republicans including Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) want the administration to cut off Iranian banks from conducting global transactions using the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, and are expected to introduced legislation to force President Trump's hand after the election. The measures do not affect food and medicine.

At the same time, imports from the United States had also risen significantly earlier this year, after President Trump announced the sanctions for the first time.

Brian Hook, the USA special representative for Iran, also said Saudi Arabia had been "very helpful" in bolstering oil supplies while the United States moved to reimpose sanctions.

The United States considers Iran an "outlaw regime", and accuses its leaders of illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security, cyberattacks, human rights abuses, and environmental exploitation.

"America will not be able to carry out any measure against our great and courageous nation".

With limited exceptions, the reimposed U.S. sanctions will hit Iran as well as countries that do not stop importing Iranian oil and foreign firms that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities, including its central bank, a number of private financial institutions, and state-run port and shipping firms, as well as hundreds of individual Iranian officials.

Although the company, the largest oil player in India, has reduced its imports of Iranian crude, Sanjiv Singh said the chances of cutting all the way to zero are pretty slim, adding that the company had booked Iranian oil cargos for delivery this month despite the fact sanctions come into effect next Monday.

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