Pompeo: Sanctions 'Just a Part' of Iran Regime Behavior-Change Plan

Pompeo: Sanctions 'Just a Part' of Iran Regime Behavior-Change Plan

Pompeo: Sanctions 'Just a Part' of Iran Regime Behavior-Change Plan

Gas flares from an oil production platform at the Soroush oil fields in the Persian Gulf, south of the capital Tehran.

Iranians chanting "Death to America" rallied on Sunday to mark both the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the imminent reposition of US sanctions on Iran's key oil sector.

On Monday, November 5, the USA will not only be re-imposing the sanctions that were in place before the insane Iranian nuclear deal was entered into, but there'll be over several hundred designations, Pompeo said.

The resumed sanctions targeting Iran's energy, banking, shipping and ship-building sectors had been lifted because of Iran's compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Trump withdrew from in May.

Japan has been among the nations seeking waivers on the US -led ban on oil imports from Iran.

This is the second major batch of sanctions imposed by the administration of President Donald Trump since he pulled the U.S. from a landmark nuclear deal in May.

With the sanctions clampdown, Trump is seeking to push Iran to end uranium enrichment outright, and halt its ballistic missile development and support for proxy forces in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Saying it is "outrageous" for the Trump-Pence "administration to feign concern for the Iranian people while imposing sanctions", Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action, said the move "should be seen for what it is: the latest step in a calculated campaign by this White House to provoke war with Iran".

But other countries, including those of the European Union, believe Iran is holding to its part of the bargain on the nuclear deal and have made clear their intention not to follow America's lead.

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The US treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, also announced that Swift, the private financial messaging service that allows banks to communicate securely, would also be subject to sanctions. These sanctions hit at core areas of Iran's economy.

Last year, Taiwan imported 4 million barrels of oil from Iran, or 2.86 percent of its total imports, which would drop by half during the current year, according to CPC.

The United States said on Friday it will temporarily allow eight importers to keep buying Iranian oil when it reimposes sanctions on Monday to try to force Iran to curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities.

All are among Iran's biggest oil customers, and they have argued that stopping their purchases immediately would cause oil prices to spike worldwide.

"I think we'll still come to regret this decision, even if the sanctions effort bore more fruit than I and others assessed", Nephew, now with Columbia University, wrote on Twitter.

On Nov. 3, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said that Turkey has received initial indications that it will be among eight countries to be granted a waiver from US sanctions against Iran, but is awaiting clarification on Nov. 5.

The sanctions, set to resume November 5, are "aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues that it uses to spread death and destruction around the world", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a call with journalists today.

The US granted waivers to eight countries but only on condition they make substantial cuts to their purchases.

Two of the countries will completely cut off imports of Iranian oil, while the other six will "greatly" reduce their imports, Pompeo added.

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