The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, predicted today that the harsh US sanctions that come into effect this midnight against Iran will "alter the behavior" of Tehran in the international plane, and ruled out that this measure could push the country to enhance its nuclear program.
"I am very sure that the sanctions that will be imposed on Monday, and that are not only sanctions on crude oil, but also the financial ones imposed by the Treasury Department (…), will have the desired effect: to alter the behavior of Iran "Pompeo said in an interview with the Fox News television network.
The second round of sanctions, which complements the one applied in August, will come into force this midnight and will penalize the sale of Iranian oil, financial transactions with its Central Bank and the country's port sector.
The extraterritorial nature of the sanctions has already forced many companies from other countries outside the US. to abandon their business and contracts in Iran, such as the French oil company Total.
The resumption of sanctions is a consequence of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States. of the nuclear agreement with Iran of 2015.
The rest of the signatories of that pact – Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany – are looking for ways to save the agreement and maintain trade and purchases of Iranian crude.
In another interview, Pompeo minimized today the risk that the increase in financial pressure by the US lead Iran to reinvigorate its nuclear program and abandon its commitments under the 2015 pact.
"We are sure that the Iranians will not make that decision," Pompeo told the CBS News television network.
The head of US diplomacy announced on Friday that Washington plans to temporarily exempt from sanctions a maximum of eight countries or territorial "jurisdictions", which in recent times have worked to "reduce to zero" their imports of oil from the country. Persian.
Pompeo did not confirm today what these nations are, which his government will identify on Monday, but did not correct his interviewer on Fox News when he asked if China and India were among the exempt nations, and The New York Times reported on Friday that The list was also South Korea and Japan.
"There are a number of places where countries have already made significant reductions in their crude oil imports and need a little more time to reach zero (in their purchases of that product), and we are going to give them that time," he explained today. Pompeo