Pompeo waging psychological warfare to undermine Iran's economy: former official

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Iran’s People Will ‘Punch Pompeo in the Mouth’ Iranian Official AP

As he called for a better agreement to constrain Iran's activities, he said the USA would "apply unprecedented financial pressure" to bring Tehran back to the table.

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

Iran can legally sue the United States over its illegal measures and threats, he added.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday that he will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss Washington's position on the nuclear deal with Iran.

Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iran Revolutionary Guard branch that carries out operations outside Iran's borders, was singled out by Pompeo as a top troublemaker in the Middle East.

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday he will travel to Washington to meet with Pompeo to discuss Washington's stance on the global nuclear deal with Iran.

"Pompeo has not outlined a strategy, but rather a grab bag of wishful thinking that can only be interpreted as a call for regime change in Iran", Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings' Centre for Middle East Policy wrote on Twitter.

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?"

His statement was echoed by Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn who said there were limits to the European Union's powers to persuade its larger firms to stay in Iran in the face of threatened USA sanctions.

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Pompeo also demanded that Iran cease from a range of activities throughout the Middle East that have long drawn the ire of the United States and its allies.

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The remarks by Pompeo came almost two weeks after his boss Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal.

The US, EU and other countries (involved in the nuclear talks) were aware of Iran's ballistic missile program and its stands on various regional issues but they decided not to mix these issues with the nuclear one, he said.

Iran must also "release all United States citizens" missing or being held on "spurious charges", he said.

Senior Iranian military and political figures queued up to issue defiant statements a day after Washington threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran failed to make a series of sweeping changes.

She also underscored Iran's adherence to the JCPOA, reiterating that the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed ten times that Iran had delivered on "all its nuclear related commitments" in line with the deal.

"He will not live forever, nor will the Iranian people abide the rigid rule of tyrants forever", Pompeo said.

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But the Trump administration has held out hope that those same allies will put aside that frustration and work with the U.S.to ramp pressure back up on Iran through sanctions in a bid to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table for a stronger deal. Four dissenting liberal justices said the decision will hit low-wage, vulnerable workers especially hard. "The Iranian regime should know this is just the beginning".

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