Iranian official: Iranians will punch US Secretary of State in mouth

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo

Iran's Foreign Ministry has called the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's threatening remarks of crushing Iran "absurd and interventionist".

President Hassan Rouhani said that the United States can not make decisions for Iran or other independent countries in the world.

According to Qasemi, the problems in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and Afghanistan are the outcome of the USA policies in the region.

Warning that the "sting of sanctions" will not ease until Iran changes its course, Pompeo made it clear that the new sanctions will be the "strongest in history" and will make Tehran battle to "keep its economy alive".

Iranian officials have vowed to stay on in Syria for as long as needed, setting the stage for a potential confrontation as Washington seeks to tighten the screws on Tehran following the USA withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal brokered with Iran under President Barack Obama and world powers.

The comments came as Washington tries to increase pressure on Tehran after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the worldwide nuclear deal. In the eyes of Europeans, the multilateral sanctions that brought Iran to the table to negotiate the 2015 deal are viewed as far more effective than any potential sanctions imposed by the US unilaterally. He said on Monday that economic pressure on Iran needs to impact a wide array of actors in order to be effective.

"Anytime sanctions are put in place, countries have to give up economic activity", Pompeo said, adding that US companies have sacrificed business opportunities. Above, Pompeo with US President Donald Trump.

If Iran wants to escape sanctions, it must comply on a range of issues that go beyond its nuclear ambitions.

Iran has spread its influence across parts of the Middle East where there are large communities of fellow Shia Muslims, from Iraq to Lebanon. That possibility so rattled the regime that as the intensity of the uprising became apparent, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani telephoned his French counterpart to urge him to crack down on the NCRI.

"The US Secretary of State's yesterday speech was a physiological war against Iran rather than a politically motivated move", Razi Haji-Aqamiri told Trend on May 22.

Iranian officials have said the EU's adopted mechanisms should be enforced by August 8 when USA sanctions against the Islamic Republic begin to take effect.

He was speaking after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Iran would be hit with the "strongest sanctions in history". In his first major foreign policy speech since taking the post as the top US diplomat, he issued a list of demands that he said should be included in any new nuclear treaty with Iran, including that it "withdraw all forces" from Syria, halt support for Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel. The world today does not accept America to decide for the world, as countries are independent ... that era is over ...

The ministry said Iran should put an immediate end to its support of terrorist militias, adhere to global laws and norms and stop interference in the internal affairs of the states in the region, the ministry added.

"People like Pompeo and Bolton are not interested in any sort of political settlement with the Iranian government", said Foad Izadi, a foreign policy specialist at the University of Tehran. "That is their decision to make", Pompeo said. "But you know, we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account".

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