Iran president says world 'no longer accepts' U.S. demands

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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

It was a pointed response to Mr Pompeo, who issued a list of 12 demands addressing Iran's policies in the Middle East and its ballistic missile programme following the unilateral United States withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

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

He said Iran was continuing negotiations with the European Union on issues related to the nuclear agreement, implicitly denying that the three countries discussed with Iran its regional threats and the development of ballistic missiles.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the U.S. for vowing to impose what it said would be the "strongest sanctions in history" on his country, the BBC reports.

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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 US withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal brokered with Iran under President Barack Obama and world powers.

However, the government can not entirely protect businesses from the consequences of US President Donald Trump's decision to leave the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, he added.

On Friday, the European Commission launched "the blocking statute" process to protect Europeans from U.S. sanctions on Iran as part of efforts to preserve the nuclear deal with Tehran. In a speech on Monday in Washington, America's top diplomat said Iran would be "battling to keep its economy alive" after the sanctions took effect. Above, Pompeo with US President Donald Trump.

Pompeo vowed Trump's approach would ensure Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon. Iran is spreading aggressively throughout the Middle East. He called for a new coalition of the "Australians, Bahrainis, Indians, Japanese, Omanis" and others to mount pressure on Iran.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime", Pompeo told the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in the nation's capital, in his first major speech outlining Washington's strategy for curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions and its "malign" regional behavior.

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With a speech on Monday, secretary of state Mike Pompeo filled in details of an Iran strategy that has so far consisted of walking away from the 2015 accord that restricted the country's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some economic sanctions.

There is no defending Iran's support for Bashar al-Assad, the bloody dictator in Syria, or its use of Hezbollah militants to control Lebanon and threaten Israel.

When its key points were relayed to them, it was generally seen as the same angry rhetoric they have been hearing from the United States for decades. "Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions".

Whatever Trump may eventually decide to do, he should not claim to do it in the name of "the long-suffering people of Iran".

In response to a question whether Iran was satisfied with the proposals made by EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete during his recent visit to Tehran, Araqchi said he was unaware of all aspects of the issue. "They know where we stand".

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