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US Urges Europe To Implement Sanctions Against Iran

06 December 2018

The U.S.' call for sanctions on Iran comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet European officials in Brussels this week and after the U.S. and others condemned an Iranian missile launch over the weekend.

Pompeo says the Trump administration is no longer willing to accept such transgressions and is acting to reform institutions that have formed the basis of the post-World War II worldwide order.

Mr Pompeo said Mr Trump was reforming the liberal order, not destroying it and said Britain's decision to quit the European Union as a sign supranational organisations were not working. It showed a "a stunning disregard for the lessons of history" said Daniel Baer, a former US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

He said Washington was not abandoning its world leadership but instead reshaping the post-World War Two system on the basis of sovereign states rather than multilateral institutions. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Mr Pompeo told foreign ministers that the USA is urging the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to reduce funding to countries such as China, as he said they already have access to financial markets to raise capital.

The Security Council adopted the resolution, which endorsed the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known, in 2015. China, Iran and Russian Federation all deny the charges, which the USA makes frequently. "Our mission is to reassert our sovereignty, reform the liberal worldwide order, and we want our friends to help us and to exert their sovereignty as well", he said.

Pointing to countries like Iran, Russia and China, Pompeo argued that violators of treaties need to be confronted and the treaties fixed or discarded. "Words should mean something".

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The Trump administration's response to these latest tests stands apart from that of its predecessor, the Obama administration, which intentionally left Iran's ballistic missile technology off the table when inking the landmark nuclear pact.

Some supporters of the JCPOA have expressed concern that further pressures on the Iranian regime could prompt it to follow the United States in withdrawing from the deal, which imposes limited restrictions on Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief. The secretary of state called the three nations "bad actors" that had exploited loopholes within global institutions for their own gain, and vowed the USA would continue to call out such behavior. "This is outside the framework of (nuclear) negotiations and part of our national security, for which we will not ask any country's permission", Shekarchi said.

Fresh EU sanctions on top of renewed U.S. measures could risk that, European diplomats say.

"This project will require actual, not pretend, restoration of the liberal order among nations".

Over the last month, Britain's foreign minister and senior delegations from France and Germany have travelled to Tehran to raise the issue.

"All NATO allies should work to strengthen what is already the greatest military alliance in history", said Pompeo.

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US Urges Europe To Implement Sanctions Against Iran