German firms cannnot be totally shielded from US Iran move, says minister

German firms cannnot be totally shielded from US Iran move, says minister

German firms cannnot be totally shielded from US Iran move, says minister

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded sweeping changes that would force Iran effectively to reverse years of its foreign policies.

Echoing Maloney's assessment of Pompeo's newly unveiled "Plan B" for nuclear negotiations-which comes around two weeks after President Donald Trump violated the Iran nuclear accord and placed the US on the path to yet another war in the Middle East-National Iranian American Council (NIAC) president Trita Parsi arguedthat the Trump administration's demands are intentionally unrealistic and "clearly created to ensure there can not be any new negotiation".

Pompeo essentially demanded Iran's total submission without offering anything in return aside from the hazy prospect of sanctions relief at some future date.

"After our sanctions come into full force, it will be battling to keep its economy alive", he added.

Pompeo said if Iran made major changes, the U.S. was prepared to ease sanctions, re-establish full diplomatic and commercial relations and support the country's re-integration into the worldwide economic system.

The re-establishment of U.S. sanctions will force European companies to choose between investing in Iran or trading with the United States.

The address comes as Trump focuses on a related gambit with nuclear-armed North Korea.

"There is only one way to read it", said the former adviser to the State Department on Iran, "and that is that Trump administration has wedded itself to a regime-change strategy to Iran, one that is likely to alienate our allies".

The administration's approach "explicitly puts the onus on the Iranian people to change their leadership or face cataclysmic financial pressure", Maloney added.

Germany's government will help German firms with business in Iran where it can, but cannot entirely shield them from the US decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran, the economy minister told a newspaper. Britain, France and Germany also signed the nuclear deal, and after Trump rejected their pleas to stay in it, they are striving to keep it alive without violating USA sanctions. The GCC's pro-isolation bloc, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, believes that Iran is the primary source of instability in the Middle East and that Tehran must be contained at all costs.

Yet the USA withdrawal from the JCPOA is unlikely to trigger any change in Iran that would be beneficial to Washington.

In a statement published on May 13, the head of Iran's hardline Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, urged Rouhani to apologise to the nation for signing the nuclear deal.

He said the Trump administration would not renegotiate the 2015 nuclear accord.

The speech comes a week after Trump announced he was pulling out of the deal struck by President Barack Obama, Iran and world powers. Just hours after Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles into Riyadh, which were successfully intercepted by the Saudi military. The 2015 deal concluded under the Obama administration dealt only with the nuclear program and was not a treaty but rather a United Nations -endorsed executive agreement between the parties.

Besides imposing unbearable economic costs, he also vowed to "crush" Iranian operatives and their proxies so Tehran will "never have the carte blanche to dominate the Middle East". As Trump's policies towards Iran have fuelled anti-American sentiments amongst the Iranian public, the political influence of conservative nationalists in Iran who are nostalgic for the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad era of contestation with the West has grown in recent months. In response to the attack, Israel conducted dozens of raids against Iranian targets in Syria, hitting approximately 50 positions. "We acknowledge Iran's right to defend its people".

He insisted diplomacy was the first choice, however. We will work to counter any Iranian malign activity. "But only if Iran is willing to make major changes".

Others anxious that Pompeo was forcing Iran into a corner, one likely to raise tensions in the region.

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