- Within a span of 24 hours, Europe and the United States each issued separate warnings to Iran.
- With these sanctions, Sec. Pompeo wants to intensify, until the end of the current mandate, the campaign of “maximum pressure” against Tehran.
- This Saturday, the IRGC announced that they had fired ballistic missiles at targets in the Indian Ocean.
France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have asked Iran to renounce the production of uranium metal, which violates the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. The United States, for its part, has announced a new round of sanctions. Meanwhile, Tehran continues its military exercises, firing ballistic missiles at targets in the Indian Ocean.
Within a span of 24 hours, Europe and the United States each issued separate warnings to Iran. Washington on Friday, announced a new round of sanctions against the regime.
A few days before the handover of power to Joe Biden, the Trump administration has embarked on a series of all-out attacks against its opponents, targeting Cuba, China, and Iran.
In an avalanche of press releases, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo targeted companies based in Iran, China, or the United Arab Emirates accused of having used the Iranian maritime transport sector, already on the American blacklist.
He also unveiled punitive measures against Iranian entities accused of contributing to the “proliferation” of conventional weapons in the Middle East.
With these sanctions, Sec. Pompeo wants to intensify, until the end of the current mandate, the campaign of “maximum pressure” against Tehran.
On his part, Joe Biden has already revealed his intention to return to the 2015 international agreement on Iranian nuclear power, from which Donald Trump withdrew the United States.
For that to happen, however, Iran will also have to get back to the roots of the agreement in question, after gradually withdrawing from its restrictions, in response to the measures taken by Washington in recent years.
Concerns in Paris, Berlin, and London
Uranium metal can be used as a component for nuclear weapons. A joint statement on Saturday read:
“Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal. The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), Iran committed to not engaging in production of uranium metal or conducting research and development on uranium metallurgy for 15 years.”
It went on, “we strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPoA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal.”
Iran had indicated Wednesday to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to advance in its production of uranium metal to be used as fuel for a reactor.
Iran’s Military Exercises
In this tense context, the latest military movements in Tehran did not help bring down the temperature.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the regime’s ideological army, have just carried out two days of military exercises. This Saturday, they announced that they had fired ballistic missiles at targets in the Indian Ocean.
Major-General Salami, the leader of the Revolutionary Guards said on their official Sepahnews website:
“One of our most important goals in defense policies and strategies is to reach the ability to hit enemy weaponry, including aircraft carriers and warships, using long-range ballistic missiles. It is usual to hit moving targets in the sea by low-speed cruise missiles, but using long-range missiles is a great defense breakthrough for us because we can hit moving targets in the ocean from the heart of our land.”