On Monday, the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Trump’s Administration is “not done” with Iran and will retain its pressure campaign against Tehran in a bid to force it to strand its nuclear deal.
While addressing at the Christians United for Israel event, Mike Pompoe was quoted saying, “We have implemented the strongest pressure campaign in history against the Iranian regime and we are not done. We have cut off billions in funds that Iran’s leadership would have used for various nefarious purposes, not the least of which would have been their efforts to destroy Israel.”
“It is also the case that under President Trump, the Israel haters such as Hamas and Hizballah and Islamic Jihad receive far less blood money from Iran to pursue their terrorism than ever in recent history,” added Mr. Pomope.
Washington claims that it would continue to “impose maximum pressure” against Iran until the regime gives it up “destabilising ambitions” to expand its nuclear skills.
Attacks Iran for the persecution of minorities, Mike Pompeo said that the practice is “intense” in the Middle East nation.
Mr. Pompeo continued, “Persecution of the faithful is especially intense inside the Islamic Republic of Iran. The regime’s militant adherence to the noxious tenets of the Islamic Revolution dictates all elements of life – and especially the suppression of other faiths. In Iran, if Muslims try to convert non-Muslims, the penal code calls for a death sentence.”
“The government does not recognise converts to Christianity. It levies beatings and solitary confinement on Christians caught worshipping in violation of government dictates,” said the US Secretary of State.
Mr. Pompeo has further highlighted that the United States has made efforts to protect Christians as well as other minorities in Iraq and several Middle East nations.
“This administration has made a real effort to protect Christians and other threatened religious minorities in Iraq and elsewhere, and we are making real progress. The flame of the existence of Christians must not be snuffed out. Christians unalienable rights in the Middle East – their right to worship must not be taken away,” he added.
On Sunday, Mike Pompeo has threatened Iran with “further isolation and sanctions” after Tehran declared that it will “in a few hours” start enriching uranium beyond the limit settled in its 2015 Nuclear deal with world powers.
Officials also informed that Iran was enriching level of uranium beyond 3.67 percent, allowed under the nuclear deal.
Iran has earlier increased its stockpile of low-enriched uranium beyond the limit set by the nuclear deal. It was a part of their effort to force Europe to recover the accord after the United States has pulled out from it in May 2018 and reimposed punishment sanctions on Tehran, including on its oil as well as banking sectors.
Tehran has further threatened to strand more nuclear commitments unless the remaining signatories of the deal- China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Russia – taken steps to evade sanctions, mainly to sell its crude oil.
The nuclear deal was signed with an object to cap Iran’s civilian energy programme, which would prevent it from developing nuclear weapons at some time in the future in exchange for relief from sanctions that has weakened the economy of the country.
The decision of the United States to pull out from the agreement soured its ties with Iran. In the previous year, Trump’s Administration hits a multitude of sanctions on Iran, cited their support to state-based terrorism as well as conflicts.