Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting UAE

Eshaq Jahangiri

Trump swipes at NATO spending ahead of summit Pompeo offers support for Taliban peace talks during surprise Afghan visit Trump: China may be exerting "negative pressure" on North Korea MORE ramped up his warnings to Iran on Tuesday, saying that the USA and its Gulf Arab allies would pay a "real high cost" for Tehran's "malign behavior" in the Middle East and elsewhere.

He would be trying to assure Paris, London and Berlin of "alternative oil supplies" in case of a boycott of Iranian oil sales, according to the report.

Pompeo also warned Tehran that "America is committed to keeping sea lines open, keeping the transit of oil available for the entire world", in a response to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's suggestion that any disruption of Iranian oil exports could result in the disruption of oil exports throughout the region.

This reaction from Iran comes as a response to the United States policy which called out countries to start reducing the import of oil from Iran and bring it to zero by 4 November.

Separately, the USA is seeking to ensure anti-Iran pressure from its allies on the Persian Gulf's coasts.

"We should strive to make this relationship more sustainable and durable".

Rahaghi pointed out that Iran had remained a reliable energy partner for India providing oil at a "rationale pricing".

The United States in May said it would reimpose the sanctions after withdrawing from a 2015 agreement with Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany, and Britain, where Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of earlier sanctions.


Lower purchases by private refiners dragged down India's June imports from Iran although state refiners stepped up purchases.

On Friday, the remaining partners in the 2015 nuclear deal vowed to keep Iran plugged into the global economy despite the U.S. withdrawal and sanctions threat.

Before heading to Brussles, Pompeo, himself, was in Abu Dhabi, where he likewise tried to rally more support against Tehran.

Speaking to Sky News Arabia, he said that a focus remains on denying "Iran the financial capacity to continue this bad behavior".

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini (L); Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) and political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Araghchi take part in a Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ministerial meeting on the Iran nuclear deal on July 6, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

He said "the American course of diplomacy and trying to bully the allies into something that they don't want to" are "against their national interest", adding that such a policy "is simply uncivilized and a barbarian way of conducting global diplomacy".

Jahangiri said Iran's foreign ministry and the central bank have taken measures to facilitate Iran's banking operations despite the USA sanctions.

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