Iran's supreme and spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has set out seven conditions to be met by Europe to preserve the worldwide nuclear deal, the Al-Jazeera TV quoted him as saying.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing government officials on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said the US has been aiming to topple the Islamic republic for 40 years.
In his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the Central Intelligence Agency, the long-time Iran hawk and ardent opponent of the 2015 nuclear pact outlined an aggressive series of moves created to counter Tehran, which he called the world's top sponsor of terror.
If Iran fails to comply with Washington's list of demands, the USA will impose the "strongest sanctions in history," Pompeo warned.
On Monday, Pompeo described demands for any new nuclear deal with Iran that includes the United States.
While Pompeo's remarks leave little doubt that the Trump Administration has Iran's nuclear ambitions and its growing influence in the Middle East, including the ongoing Syrian civil war, in its cross hairs, the impact, at least in the short to mid-term on oil markets will be muted.
Khamenei also fired a new broadside at Washington's rejection of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, saying the Islamic Republic could not deal with a country that failed to keep its commitments.
"Pompeo and other U.S. officials are trapped in old illusions".
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These included the withdrawal of its forces from Syria and an end to its support for rebels in Yemen.
"Europe should fully guarantee Iran's oil sales".
They should continue buying Iranian oil and should, if necessary, also buy Iranian oil the U.S. decides not to buy.
Israel praised the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the pact but the move was roundly criticised by fellow signatories, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Russian Federation.
Earlier on May 23, Pompeo reiterated his tough stance toward Iran in testimony before a House committee.
What was agreed under the 2015 deal?He also called for a ban on a heavy-water reactor, which is the most basic way to develop nuclear energy.
In return, sanctions imposed by the UN, US and European Union that had crippled Iran's economy were lifted.
In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which particularly stipulated the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.