Pompeo slams Newsweek article: US ensured Iran sanctions exempt food, medicine
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed a Newsweek article that he says insinuated that the US is sanctioning food and medicine from Iran.
The article stated that Pompeo said the Iranian regime needs to “listen to Washington or else its people will pay the price.”
“The leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat. They have to make a decision that they want to use their wealth to import medicine and not use their wealth to fund [Iran’s Quds Force commander] Qasem Soleimani’s travels around the Middle East, with causing death and destruction,” the article quoted Pompeo as saying.
#WeWontForget @SecPompeo openly threatening to starve Iranians—a crime against humanity—in a desperate attempt to impose US whims on Iran. Like his predecessors, he'll also learn that—in spite of US efforts—Iran will not just survive but advance w/out sacrificing its sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/GJiN7rI82Q— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 10, 2018
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted the article, stating that Pompeo was “threatening to starve Iranians.”
Pompeo responded on his official Twitter account, criticizing the article and reaffirming that the US never sanctioned food or medicine, or anything relating to humanitarian needs in Iran.
The Trump administration had announced on November 2 the re-imposition of all US. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Shame on #FakeNewsweek for helping @JZarif spread lies. The truth is: the U.S. does not, and never did, sanction food and medicine. They are exempt from sanctions, as are financial transactions related to humanitarian needs.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 12, 2018
Both Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin had both said the sanctions will have exceptions for humanitarian purchases.
The US government has also agreed to let eight countries, including close allies South Korea and Japan, as well as India, keep buying Iranian oil after it re-imposes sanctions on Tehran.
“One hundred percent of the revenue that Iran receives from the sale of crude oil will be held in foreign accounts and can be used by Iran only for humanitarian trade or bilateral trade in non-sanctioned goods and services,” Pompeo had said.