U.S. seeking regime change with 12 demands on Iran, experts say

U.S. seeking regime change with 12 demands on Iran, experts say

He added that Pompeo made the speech in a war of nerves with Iran by saying that Washington will increase the financial pressure on Iran by imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on the Islamic Republic if Tehran refuses to change the course of its foreign and domestic policy.

"Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East", Pompeo said Monday, outlining 12 tough conditions from Washington for any "new deal" with Tehran.

According to Qasemi, the problems in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and Afghanistan are the outcome of the U.S. policies in the region.

"This list may seem long to some, but it is simply a reflection of the massive scope of Iranian malign behavior", Pompeo said. Perhaps President Trump and his staunchly anti-Iran advisers are hoping that these confrontations between Rouhani and Iran's powerful hardliners may eventually lead to a much desired "regime change" in the country.

Iran has spread its influence across parts of the Middle East where there are large communities of fellow Shia Muslims, from Iraq to Lebanon.

Pompeo stopped short of calling directly for regime change, but he urged Iranians to think of Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as part of a corrupt, venal and risky regime. Their governments could continue their agreement with Iran, but risk running afoul of USA sanctions.

US President Donald Trump's newly installed top diplomat also hinted at the possibility of military action should Iranian leaders reconstitute their nuclear program. Iran has said repeatedly that its enrichment of uranium is exclusively for domestic energy purposes and that it has no interest in pursuing nukes, whether or not the global nuclear accord remains in place. In that crisis, the administration says it won't accept a strategy of synchronized, step-by-step concessions in exchange for North Korea gradually giving into demands to give up its nuclear program.

The conundrum for Trump and Pompeo: After fracturing alliances and disregarding diplomacy in favor of quick action, the White House won't be able to put that sanctions regime fully in place, or curtail Iran's regional role, without participation of the five other nations that forged the deal with Iran. "If they choose their commercial interest is to trade with USA and not to seek new contract with Iran, that's for them".

Trump's move came despite the fact that the UN's nuclear watchdog, in charge of monitoring Iran's compliance with the deal, has confirmed that Tehran has abided by the terms of the agreement. He said Iran must end support for Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, "withdraw all forces" from Syria, halt support for its ally Hezbollah and stop threatening Israel.

"Iran must release all United States citizens, as well as the citizens of our partners and allies, each of them detained on spurious charges".

It's no surprise that Iran didn't take that well.

The NCRI's main constituent group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is widely credited with the on-the-ground organization of the continuing protests, a key element in their potential to bring about real change. "At the end of the day, the Iranian people will get to make a choice about their leadership". If Rouhani is removed from office, he would most likely be replaced by a hardliner, a military figure perhaps from Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who would only increase the country's hostility towards the United States and its allies. "If they choose not to do so, we will stay hard at this until we achieve the outcomes that I set forward today". Former President Barack Obama did not seek a Senate-ratified treaty with Iran because of the dim prospects for getting approval from a Republican-run Congress.

Experts said the move was meant to remove voices of dissent from the administration, and to essentially allow Trump to be himself.

Kayhan claimed that it would be foolish "to believe in any new deals while they are tearing up the old" and called the attempts by the European Union to salvage the deal "a new trick". "That is their decision to make", Pompeo said.

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