Washington, May 22: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that America will “crush” Iran with military pressure and by imposing sanctions till the time it changes its behaviour in the Middle East.
As per CNN, many analysts saw this pressurising scheme as a policy of regime change in everything but name.
His remarks come days after President Donald Trump withdrew the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Pompeo further stated the US will monitor Tehran’s regional activities, restrict its influence in the Middle East and ensure that it never purchase a nuclear weapon.
On May 8, Trump announced the Washington withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear deal which limited the country’s uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief.
Describing the accord as an “embarrassment” that was “defective at its core”, he also cautioned of severe consequences if Iran resumes its nuclear programme.
In 2015, the Iran nuclear deal was signed between six countries including Iran, US, Britain, Germany, Russia, France and China for uplifting economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for limitations to the nation’s nuclear programme.