On Thursday, September 12, in an interview with CNBC, Steven Mnuchin, the United States Secretary of Treasury, said, “Secretary Pompeo, I [Mnuchin] and the rest of the national security team are executing on a maximum pressure strategy against Iran.”
At the same line Mr. Mnuchin reiterated that U.S. president Donald Trump and his administration are open to any negotiations with Iran’s regime.
In this regard, on September 12, during the U.S. State Department’s daily press-briefing, Morgan Ortagus, the department’s spokesperson, while referring to the 12 points announced by Secretary Pompeo in a speech at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2018, said, “The Secretary laid out 12 demands over a year ago for ways in which he thinks that the Iranian regime needs to behave in order to be brought back into the community of nations.”
Also, on September 4, the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said in tweet, “Maximum Pressure continues. Today: sanctions on IRGC-QF shipping network. The Iranian regime funds the murderous Assad and terrorist proxies like Hizballah through its illicit oil sales. We’ll continue to deny Iran the resources it needs to destabilize the Middle East.
Who refuses a constructive dialogue ?
It is clear that the Iran’s regime seeks nothing but appeasement and incentive packages without any commitment, therefore it will strongly oppose any constructive dialogue with the International community.
According to the state-run Fars news agency, on Wednesday, September 11, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, during his conversation with the French President Emmanuel Macron, underlined, “We won’t negotiate until all the sanctions are lifted.”
This reaction once again proves that the Iran’s regime, as it has done within the past two decades, won’t stop its long-sought dream of acquiring a nuclear bomb; and negotiations are just for buying more time or to fund the regime’s nuclear and terrorist ambitions.
The recent movements of the Iranian regime in breaching the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive plan of Action, JCPOA, proves this idea.
On September 9, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed that Iran’s recent activities are in further breaching of its commitments under the terms of the JCPOA.
“Iran has begun installing more advanced centrifuges and is moving toward producing enriched uranium with them even though that is forbidden under its nuclear deal with major powers,” Reuters reported on September 9, quoting the IAEA statement.