The other countries involved in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Joint Commission met Friday for the first time without the US after Iran called for an urgent meeting of the body in Vienna.
Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warned the deal had been put "in intensive care" by Washington's dramatic withdrawal earlier this month. "He confirmed that Iran is fully implementing its liabilities and that the IAEA will continue to carry out its mandate envisaging monitoring and inspecting the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", he said. This created a blind spot for nuclear watchdogs precisely where Iran had previously experimented with nuclear weapons technology.
So, Washington is re-imposing all possible sanctions, European businesses (at least major), which will definitely not risk their well-being, will curtail activities in Iran before the end of the year, European governments will formally keep their face, Trump is happy, while Iran is not at all - who needs idle declarations of commitment to the letter and spirit of the nuclear deal if there is nothing behind them?
That makes Pompeo's task more hard than the one presented to Kerry before he shirked the struggle in the course of a shift to appeasement of Tehran.
Pompeo, the newly-appointed top USA diplomat, made the remarks in a talk with the state-run U.S. television channel VOA Persian on Thursday.
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And if the technical standards outlined in the JCPOA were insufficient to Trump, he is unlikely to be satisfied with the outcome of nuclear talks with North Korea - even if those go well. But a formal process like that takes time. Many argue this is justified in the cases particular to these rogue nations. "We'll try to cling to the deal, but ... we're under no illusions". Tehran will make its final decision in a "few weeks".
Iran's strategy in the Persian Gulf, he said, is defending its territorial waters and confronting any infiltration.
Iran has discovered a state of being in which it can achieve regime security and potential for power projection enjoyed by nuclear-weapons states, just without being burdened by all the costs of constructing the bomb itself - a "nuclear threshold" position achieved in a Goldilocks-period of uranium enrichment where it perfects the miniaturization of warheads and delivery systems, and stockpiles excessive amounts of fissile material enriched to the highest acceptable grade without putting all of the pieces together.
Mr Khamenei added Iran could no longer deal with the U.S. that "easily violates an global treaty".
Iran has long declared that its program is limited to the peaceful generation of nuclear energy and production of medical isotopes.
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Speaking ahead of the Vienna talks, the Iranian official said that for his country to stay in the deal, the relief granted would have to be guaranteed by the other parties involved and that Tehran needs specifics on how that will happen by the end of May. "When we see that the JCPOA was useless, one way forward is to restart those halted activities".
The US has levied sanctions against Tehran for its ballistic missile programme and labels Iranian regional proxy groups such as Hezbollah as "terrorist" entities.
It is a doctrine, indeed, of all-or-nothing.
"We have said times and again that we are merely negotiating about the JCPOA and have no demands or words beyond the JCPOA", the top diplomat said. Again, the U.S. does not seek to promote regime change in Iran or to reach the point of direct military confrontation. "That I think we can do".
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