Pompeo: we continue to put maximum pressure on Iran
The United States is not afraid to sanction top-ranking leaders of the "nightmare" Iranian regime and put maximum pressure on them, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, pursuing a strategy aimed at Iranian compliance with stringent US demands.
Following Washington's pullout from the Iran nuclear accord that stunned Washington's closest European allies, Pompeo on May 21 unveiled the "new strategy" to force Iran's submission to a dozen demands.
"We weren't afraid to tackle the regime at its highest level," Pompeo said during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
Pompeo confirmed that Washington wants all countries to reduce their imports of Iranian oil "as close to zero as possible" by November 4, or face American sanctions.
"At the center of this campaign is the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran’s banking and energy sectors," he explained. "As we have explained over the last few weeks, our focus is to work with countries importing Iranian crude oil to get imports as close to zero as possible by November 4th. Zero," Pompeo stressed.
"There's more to come," Pompeo said of the US financial penalties. "Regime leaders must be made to feel painful consequences of their bad decision making," he noted.