United States will 'enforce the sanctions' against Iran: Pompeo

Iranian President Rouhani and his Austrian counterpart Van der Bellen inspect a guard of honor in Vienna

Individuals or entities that fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences.

Mr Trump said the global accord to freeze Iran's nuclear programme in return for lifting sanctions was a "horrible, one-sided deal" - claiming it had left Tehran flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East.

The second administration official said Iran's economy was already on a "downward spiral" before Trump chose to reimpose sanctions and pointed to Iran's weakening currency, rising unemployment and growing protests across the country as evidence.

Critics also warn that this kind of pressure from the USA could empower hardliners, especially as they try to blame the economic turmoil on a foreign power, as opposed to the government's own mismanagement.

The European countries said they have updated a European Union "blocking statute" to protest their companies dealing with Iran from the impact of USA sanctions.

He later said in a message on Twitter that the United States was "deeply concerned about reports of Iranian regime's violence against unarmed citizens" and urged respect for human rights.

On Monday, the White House released a fact sheet detailing its plan to "reimpose sanctions lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action".

Monday's announcement covers the first of two rounds of sanctions the U.S. is unilaterally reimposing as a result of leaving the pact. In a statement Monday, the European Union, the UK, France and Germany said they "deeply regret" the United States action.

That accord - negotiated also with the U.K., France, German, Russia and China - suspended USA sanctions in return for limits and regular inspections on Iran's nuclear programs, while allowing the country to continue enriching uranium for peaceful energy purposes.

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Trump's legal team defended the statement as "short but accurate" in a letter sent to Mueller in January, as quoted in the New York Times .

Asked if Tehran would be able to evade the measures, Pompeo told journalists "the United States is going to enforce the sanctions", speaking en route to Washington after attending a security forum in Singapore.

"The president has always said he is prepared to talk, but it's important that Iran has to be committed to changing its ways in order for those discussions to prove of any value", he added.

In May, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from an worldwide 2015 deal to control Iran's nuclear ambitions.

A second wave of sanctions that target Iran's lucrative energy sector are set to be reimposed in November. The fall of prices for the rial has been heavy related to the surge in the price of gold, as economic uncertainty has many Iranians running to precious metals, and gold imports surged in recent weeks.

Responding on Iranian state television, Mr Rouhani rejected the idea of last-minute talks.

Against a backdrop of political turmoil and protests in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif himself accused Trump of "bullying" and of being isolated in his hostility to the Islamic Republic.

President Donald J. Trump signs an EO on Iran Sanctions in the Green Room at Trump National Golf Club, August 5, 2018, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

A senior administration official said Monday that the snap back of these sanctions "supports the president's decision to impose significant financial pressure" on Iran and cut off its ability to fund terrorism and "export revolution" throughout the region.

The EU announced that its "blocking statute" - aimed at "sustaining trade and economic relations between the EU and Iran" in the face of renewed USA sanctions - will enter into force on the same day as the restored sanctions.

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