Iran’s president mocks Pompeo’s tough-talk on Iran

Iran’s president mocks Pompeo’s tough-talk on Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday mocked a speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he took a hard stance against the Islamic Republic.

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Iranian president made remarks after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded broad changes in the course of the Islamic Republic's foreign and domestic policy.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the United States cannot make decisions for Iran and other independent countries in the world.

"All world countries want independence in their decisions and the Americans may advance their agenda in some places through pressure but logic does not accept them making decisions for the world," Rouhani said, adding, "Today, we must help each other more" because the current US administration has regressed to 15 years ago and is repeating the same remarks made by former US President George W. Bush in 2003."

The Iranian president emphasized that it is "not acceptable at all" that a man who worked at an espionage service for many years, is now making decisions for Iran and other countries after assuming the position of US secretary of state.

Rouhani asked, "Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?"

In his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the CIA, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Washington would increase the financial pressure on Iran by imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on the Islamic Republic if Tehran refuses to change the course of its foreign and domestic policy.

Pompeo said after the United States' move to withdraw from a landmark nuclear agreement Iran signed with major powers in 2015.

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision on its future role in the agreement. Tehran wants the Europeans to give it clear-cut guarantees about fulfilling their obligations if it remains in the accord.

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