An exclusive report from Fox News is shedding new light on the impact of President Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran this week; revealing the revised guidelines are crippling their pension funds and military spending.
“Crippling sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran since President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal last year have left pension funds throughout the country on the brink of collapse,” reports Fox News. “U.S. officials are pointing to this as evidence of just how punishing the ongoing ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran has been.
“They have fewer resources. We can see it with the Shia militias in Iraq. They’re scrambling for resources. We think the Iranian government will shrink, that their GDP will shrink by as much as 12 or 14 percent this year,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “This will reduce their capacity to purchase the things they need, the equipment they need, the materials they need, to inflict terror around the world.”
President Trump has signaled he’s willing to meet with Iranian President Rouhani without pre-conditions.
The ruler of the Islamic Republic demanded the US remove all sanctions before any high-level talks could take place.
Read the full report at Fox News.
A NEW DEAL: US Unveils ’12 Requirements’ for New Iran Agreement
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the Trump administration’s list of demands for a new Iranian nuclear agreement this week; calling on leaders in Tehran to halt all uranium enrichment and cease its support for terror groups throughout the Middle East.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Pompeo revealed the preconditions during a speaking event in Washington, DC earlier Monday; saying Iran needs to fulfill “12 basic requirements” to reach a new agreement with the United States to ease crippling economic sanctions.
The list includes halting uranium enrichment, severing its ties with militants operating in the region, and walking away from Iranian involvement in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.
“Relief from sanctions will come only when we see tangible, demonstrated, and sustained shifts in Tehran’s policies,” Mr. Pompeo said. “We acknowledge Iran’s right to defend its people. But not its actions which jeopardize the world’s citizens.”
“These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete,” added the Secretary of State.
‘ALL OR NOTHING’: Iran THREATENS Europe Over Nuclear Agreement
The Foreign Minister of Iran threatened to completely withdraw from the multinational nuclear agreement Monday; warning European nations that there’s no “Plan B” should President Trump decide to withdraw from the accord.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif posted the ominous message on social media this week, saying “it is either all or nothing” and his nation would cease complying with the pact should the United States abandon the deal.
“President Macron is correct in saying there’s no ‘Plan B’ on JCPOA. It’s either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage President Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more importantly to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith,” he tweeted.
President Macron is correct in saying there's no "Plan B" on JCPOA. It's either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage President Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more importantly to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 23, 2018
The Iranian official’s comments come as French President Macron heads to DC to meet with President Trump, marking Trump’s first official state visit as Head-of-State.