US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, center, talks with the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, unseen, during their meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, said a renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran will be rigorously enforced and remain in force until the Iranian government radically changed course.
In conversation with journalists aboard his plane on the way home from a three-nation trip to Southeast Asia, Pompeo the re said on Monday-imposition of sanctions is an important pillar of the US policy towards Iran. He said that the Trump is the administration about the sanctions, but that would “require tremendous change” from Tehran.
“We are confident that we will find a way to move forward, but it is also a huge change on the part of the Iranian regime,” he said on Sunday. “You have to behave like a normal country. That is the question. It’s pretty simple.”
Pompeo called the Iranian leaders “bad actor” and said the President of Donald Trump’s intention to “behave like a normal country.”
A first set of US sanctions that had been eased by the Obama administration under the terms of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal to take effect on Monday, according to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement. These sanctions target Iran’s automotive sector, as well as gold and other metals.
A second batch of U. sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sector and the Central Bank is re-imposed at the beginning of November.
Pompeo noted that the U. S has long labeled Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and said it can not be expected, as be treated equally in the international community, until he holds such activities.
“Maybe the path will go to the Iranians choose to,” he said. “But today, there is no evidence for a change in your behavior.”
In the meantime, he said, “we are going to be the enforcement of sanctions.”