US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran.
In a speech in Washington, America’s top diplomat said Iran would be “battling to keep its economy alive” after the sanctions took effect.
He said he would work closely with the Pentagon and regional allies “to deter any Iranian aggression”.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump took the US out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
In his first major foreign policy speech as secretary of state, Mr Pompeo unveiled the administration’s “Plan B” for countering the Islamic republic on Monday.
He laid out 12 conditions that Washington would need to be met for any “new deal” with Tehran, including pulling all its forces out of Syria and ending support for rebels in Yemen.