On May 18, the European Commission proposed to let EU members make payments for oil directly to the Iranian Central Bank to bypass U.S. sanctions.
Pompeo had on Monday issued a severe warning to Iran, saying Washington would be ready to impose the "strongest sanctions in history" if it does not alter its regional policies. "After our sanctions come in force, it will be battling to keep its economy alive".
Iran's Foreign Ministry has called the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's threatening remarks of crushing Iran "absurd and interventionist".
When asked whether the Pentagon will respond similar to the State Department, Manning said Iran's "malicious activities" are harmful as they remain a threat to the stability of the region and Pentagon will do anything in order to prevent it.
The address comes as Trump focuses on a related gambit with nuclear-armed North Korea.
In his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the Central Intelligence Agency, the longtime Iran hawk and ardent opponent of the 2015 nuclear pact outlined an aggressive series of moves created to counter Tehran, which he called the world's top sponsor of terror. He said he did not have a timeline, but that the administration would send envoys around the world in coming weeks to explain the plan. "Countries have their independence", he said in a statement published on Iran's ILNA. "If they choose their commercial interest is to trade with US and not to seek new contract with Iran, that's for them".
But Mogherini called on the United States to keep its commitments as part of the agreement signed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama.
But the reality is that changing conditions within Iran and among its expatriate community point to other opportunities to resolve more than just the nuclear problem. The requirement that nuclear inspectors get universal access would include military sites - long a red line for the regime. "Who are you to make a decision for Iran and the world and to tell Iran what to do and what not to do in the nuclear field?"
"While the worldwide coalition may be unlikely to come from the way that the Trump administration has approached this new course, there will still be efforts to coordinate with Europe and prevent unilateral sanctioning by the United States", Mahaffee said.
"Secretary Pompeo's speech has not demonstrated how walking away from the JCPOA has made or will make the region safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation or how it puts us in a better position to influence Iran's conduct in areas outside the scope of JCPOA", Mogherini said in a statement, according to AFP.
Pompeo called Iran out for a wide range of "malign activities" apart from its nuclear program.
Remarkably, Pompeo made no concessions to European leaders who want to salvage the nuclear deal and continue relations with Iran. Iran has denied ever wanting to build nuclear arms.
He insisted diplomacy was the first choice, however. Any company doing business with Iran will be held "to account" through sanctions the United States plans to implement within months. "A guy who had been active in an espionage centre for years now wants to make a decision for Iran and other countries from the position of a foreign minister".
The Iranian people will punch the US Secretary of State in the mouth in response to a new American plan to pressure Iran, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday. Pompeo said that the long list of demands was Iran's fault, and that crippling sanctions would bring them back to the negotiating table.