Rouhani rejects Trump's demands: 'Who are you to decide for Iran'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation a conservative public policy think tank in Washington Monday

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation a conservative public policy think tank in Washington Monday

As he called for a better agreement to constrain Iran's activities, he said the US would "apply unprecedented financial pressure" to bring Tehran back to the table.

"Pompeo's remarks once again revealed the poor intelligence, weak oversight, analytical backwardness and confusion in decision-making processes in the United States, and showed radical and hawkish currents in the U.S. neither know history, nor can learn lessons from it", said the statement.

Despite the United States, Iran has been bound to its worldwide obligations, the statement said. His 12-point list of demands called for Iran to acquiesce to the USA virtually across the board. "This is what Israel is doing", Netanyahu said.

In his speech, Pompeo argued that Iran had advanced its march across the Middle East precisely because of the nuclear deal, which saw the West lifting sanctions on Tehran in return for Iran limiting its nuclear program. Iran has no nuclear weapons and has significantly curbed its program.

He promised the "sting of sanctions will be painful" should Tehran not change course "from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that rejoins the league of nations".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the world would not accept that Washington impose its decisions on other countries.

"Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?" the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

When its key points were relayed to them, it was generally seen as the same angry rhetoric they have been hearing from the United States for decades.

The US is trying to undermine Iran's economy by offering this illusion that the recent plunge in the Iranian currency's value in the free market could cripple the country's economy, the former official said.

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Pompeo vowed Trump's approach would ensure Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon.

The 2015 nuclear agreement, worked out by the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, China and Iran, lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its atomic programme.

The comments came as Washington tries to increase pressure on Tehran after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the worldwide nuclear deal. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Mr Pompeo had not demonstrated in his speech how abandoning the deal made the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation.

The ministry said Iran should put an immediate end to its support of terrorist militias, adhere to global laws and norms and stop interference in the internal affairs of the states in the region, the ministry added.

After Trump pulled out, the other signatories said they would try to salvage the deal and keep Iran's oil trade and investment flowing. "Iran, meanwhile, is working with partners for post-US JCPOA solutions".

Separately, Iran's government spokesman said that the plan outlined by Pompeo would exacerbate the public's hostility to the United States. "At the end of the day, the Iranian people will put a time line" on their government, he said. Pompeo said that the long list of demands was Iran's fault, and that crippling sanctions would bring them back to the negotiating table.

Whatever Trump may eventually decide to do, he should not claim to do it in the name of "the long-suffering people of Iran".

"It must cease its threatening behaviour against its neighbours", Pompeo said.

And he also strongly hinted that the Iranian people ought to overthrow their leaders.