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>> Iran is keeping up a drumbeat of opposition to US demands. Following the Trump administration's push for sweeping changes to Tehran's foreign policy and nuclear program. On Wednesday, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said he intends to meet with allies next month. To discuss the next steps to what he described as all of Tehran's nuclear and non-nuclear threats.
It came days after he outlined a hardline stance towards Iran. Threatening the country with what he says will be, quote, the strongest sanctions in history if it didn't curb its regional influence. In his first public comments since the demands were announced, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini. Declared US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, shows Iran can't have dealings with the US, who he says had no excuse to quit.
He says the US has always wanted a regime change in Iran. But swore America will be defeated, and President Trump will, like his predecessors, vanish from history. Tehran's ally, Damascus, has dismissed out of hand the call for a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria. The new US policy came two weeks after President Trump pulled out of a multilateral nuclear deal.
Reached in 2015 between Iran and six world powers. That deal put limits on Iran's ability to enrich nuclear material, and in exchange lifted international sanctions. European powers see the accord as the best chance of stopping Tehran acquiring a nuclear weapon. France said Washington's method of adding more sanctions would reinforce Iran's dominate hardliners.
Those remaining in the deal will meet later this week to assess what can be done to keep it.