US And Iran discussed on All Things Considered


Since pulling out of the twenty fifteen nuclear deal the US has reimposed and stiffened economic sanctions against Iran the US goal being hit Iran's oil exports exports that produce a huge part of the country's wealth in a few minutes we're going to hear from NPR Steve Inskeep who's in Tehran reporting on how the sanctions are affecting Iranians but we begin our coverage at the United Nations where secretary of state Mike Pompeii trying to rally support today for US efforts to isolate Iran since the United States declared our intention to bring already nor purchases zero in April the Ayatollah has gone all in on a campaign of extortion diplomacy and here is Michele Kelemen has been following pump has remarks to the UN security council and she joins me now Hey Michelle hi there also so what exactly does secretary Pompeia want countries to do about Iran well for one stop buying oil from Iran which uses only fuels Iran's bad behavior he also wants more countries to join a maritime security initiative to protect shipping in the strait of her moves the U. K. and Bahrain are part of it there's a lot of skepticism though from countries that really don't want to be drawn into a conflict with Iran and you know countries that are you supportive still of the two thousand fifteen nuclear deal with Iran so is Pompeii are going to get this party once well in the security council today actually heard a lot of concern about the U. S. approach you heard representatives of Germany France in the U. K. all saying they don't see any alternative to the nuclear deal they were involved in the negotiations and don't want to see it unravel China's ambassador said his country is opposed to power politics and bowling and then Russia's ambassador said that he went through all of Pompeii is remarks word for word and found only words like threats regime conflict and no mention of dialogue he says the only time palm bay spoke about cooperation was to call for a coalition against Iraq well the US pulled out of the nuclear deal soon after compare became secretary of state that was over a year ago what's your sense at this point is this maximum pressure campaign working the way the trump administration had hoped has it made a run change its behavior well Pompeii is is is working in the one example he always gives is that a round doesn't have as much money to give the groups like Hezbollah and Hamas but also if you look at the whole list of U. S. demand you'll see that Iran is moving in the opposite directions on many of these friends around still holding American prisoners it shot down a U. S. drone it captured and it's still holding a British vessel and as Pompey himself pointed out in the security council Iran has been ramping up its nuclear program recently and that's what he was called extortion diplomacy he's telling people not to cave to that kind of pressure that that is that the sanctions will pay off eventually because it's the only way to pressure Iran back back to the negotiating table as NPR's Michele Kelemen thanks Michelle

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