Pompeo: Iran to face 'strongest' sanctions if it does not change course

Pompeo: Iran to face 'strongest' sanctions if it does not change course

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" against Iran if the country’s leadership did not change the course of its foreign and domestic policy.

Weeks after the United States pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, Pompeo spelled out a hardline approach towards the Islamic Republic that included working closely with the Pentagon and regional allies to contain Iran.

He laid out 12 demands for Iran and said relief from economic sanctions would only come when Washington had seen tangible shifts in Iran’s policies. Pompeo said the US would hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account.

His threat of further sanctions came as European parties to the landmark nuclear deal were working to find a way to keep the pact in effect with Iran after Washington’s exit.

Pompeo said Washington would be open to a new treaty and wanted the support of America’s allies.

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