Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement on Iran sanctions:
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for promising to inflict the “strongest sanctions in history” on his nation.
Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its own “failed policies” and it would suffer the consequences.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also criticised the United States.
She said Mr. Pompeo had failed to demonstrate just how dropping the 2015 nuclear deal would make the Middle East safer.
There was, she said, “no alternative” to the agreement, which US President Donald Trump pledged earlier this month to abandon, and she explained that the EU would stick by it if Iran met its commitments.
Regardless of the EU’s official position, some of Europe’s biggest companies who rushed to conduct business with Iran after the nuclear deal now find themselves compelled to choose between investing there or trading with the United States.