Her remarks came hours after Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei made a series of demands to the European powers, in which he expressed skepticism that they would continue to commit to the 2015 deal. He also warned that Iran would resume its nuclear activities if they did not act quickly.
"The leaders of European countries say different things, and we can not rely on JCPOA and the Europeans for our economy," Khamenei said in statements published on his official website. He referred to the joint comprehensive plan of action known as the Iranian nuclear agreement.
Khamenei said the JCPOA can only go on if the Europeans fulfilled six conditions: promise not to ask Iran about its ballistic missile program or its regional program activities; Ensuring that Iranian oil continues to be sold and losses are balanced and residual stocks are bought; and European banks guarantee financial transactions with Iran.
"When Europeans think about our demands, Iran has the right to resume its nuclear activities," Khamenei continued. "If we see that the JCPOA is useless, there is a way forward to restart these stopped activities."
The US was like Tom in "Tom and Jerry"
Khamenei said Iran had learned lessons and could no longer interact with the US. Speaking to Iranian officials, Khamenei said the US had "planned various political, economic, military, and propaganda plans against the Islamic Republic," all aimed at overthrowing the regime.
"All their actions have failed, just like Tom from the cartoon of Tom and Jerry, and they will fail again in the future." [1
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in Tehran Wednesday that Iranian support was only available in the countries of the Middle East because these countries had asked for it.
"As long as these governments want us to maintain our presence, we will help, and the aid we provide will benefit the world," Zarif said.
Iran has funded and equipped deputies in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, as well as Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are campaigning for government forces. It has also provided for Shiite militias and their commanders and politicians in neighboring Iraq. Missiles fired from Yemen to Saudi Arabia were said to have been delivered by Iran to the rebels. And Israel has received attacks along its borders with Lebanon and Syria from Iranian-backed forces.
& # 39; We did not create the list, they did & # 39;
He set at least 12 conditions for Iran to meet if he wanted to avoid the painful "sanction shock" that would bring "unprecedented financial pressure".
On the Demands of Pompey: Iran allows for a complete representation and review of its nuclear program and the permanent and demonstrable role of the nuclear program; an end to enrichment; International Atomic Energy Agency access to all weapons sites across Iran; the end of the proliferation of ballistic missiles, the release of all imprisoned US citizens; and the end of his support for militant groups like Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
"The length of the list is simply an area of Iran's vicious behavior," Pompeo said in his conservative think tank speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC. "We did not make the list, they did."
Now pressure on allies
In his comments on Monday, Pompeo said he not only expects "European friends" to support the US strategy, "but much more than that."
"I want the Australians, the Bahraini, the Egyptians, the Indians, the Japanese, the Jordanians, the Kuwait, the Omani, the Qatarians, the Saudi Arabians, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and many, many more worldwide who are involved in these efforts, "he said.
But so far the reactions are subdued. The Europeans and other leaders of the world had called on the White House not to withdraw from the agreement.
Together with Merkel, the leaders of Europe and the European Union have said that they intend to stick to the agreement while they are leaders in Russia and Turkey criticized the US decision. There are few supportive voices yet to come from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.