Pompeo's Anti-Iran Speech Reveals Bankruptcy of US: Zarif

US afraid of facing Iran head-on in battle,’ declares Tehran

Anti-US demonstration in Tehran. ‘US afraid of facing Iran head-on in battle,’ declares Tehran

Maas was set to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House national security adviser John Bolton in Washington, two days after the United States vowed to impose what it said would be the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran.

Pompeo said the USA will monitor Tehran's regional activities, restrict its influence in the Middle East and ensure that it never acquires a nuclear weapon.

Reuters reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Pompeo and other officials are "prisoners of their wrong illusions, prisoners of their past and have been taken hostage by corrupt pressure groups".

He spoke two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal that had lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

"The People of Iran have shown that they resist bullying", he said.

He further said Britain, France and Germany must pledge they would not seek negotiations on Iran's ballistic missile programme and on its regional activities, both of which were not covered by the nuclear pact but are now demanded by Washington.

The top diplomat further said the U.S. has failed to turn the tide of global opinion against Iran and in favor of itself by spreading lies about the Islamic Republic.

"This is an indication of bankruptcy in the US foreign policy, signifying that it (foreign policy) is put up for lease, and the pressure groups which spend more money can influence the course of Washington's foreign policy", Zarif reacted.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the senior Iranian official said Iran's enrichment right has been officially recognized in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

The Leader cited Iran's experiences of U.S. behavior over the years and said, "The first experience is that the government of the Islamic Republic can not interact with America... Why?"

"The Islamic Republic can not deal with a government that easily violates an worldwide treaty, withdraws its signature and in a theatrical show brags about its withdrawal on television", he said in excepts of his remarks posted on his website.

Under the requirements, "Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon, ever", Pompeo said.

"The current US president will meet the same fate as his predecessors. and will vanish from history", he said, referring to Trump.

However, President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the USA would withdraw from the agreement and threatened new sanctions on the Iranian government.

In Syria's seven-year-old conflict, Iran has provided vital support to President Bashar al-Assad's military.

"Whether Iranian forces or Hezbollah withdraw or stay in Syria is not up for discussion because it's the [business] of the Syrian government", Mekdad said in an interview with Russia's Sputnik state news agency.

Pompeo tells the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he is planning a meeting in early to mid-June with "a number of partners" including Britain, France and Germany, which were parties to the nuclear deal along with Russian Federation and China.

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