Iran to Pompeo: We don't take orders from you

Senior Iranian official responds to US Secretary of State speech and US conditions: 'We don't need permission to operate in Middle East.'

Mordechai Sones ,

Display featuring missiles and portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Khameni
Display featuring missiles and portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Khameni

Iran responded this evening to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech which set conditions for the Muslim country that, if not met, would subject Iran to harsh sanctions.

"The conditions of the United States are meaningless. Iran has no need for anyone's permission to act in the Middle East. Our missile programs will be determined according to Iranian needs," said a senior official in the Tehran regime.

In his speech Pompeo addressed the Middle East and the debate over the nuclear agreement.

"We hoped that Iran would use the money from the nuclear agreement for the benefit of the citizens of Iran, but it has instead armed terror organizations. Since the agreement was signed, Hezbollah has been armed by Iran, with Israel as the target," said the Secretary of State.

Pompeo warned that the new sanctions on Iran will be the "strongest sanctions in history."

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. The leaders in Tehran will have no doubt about our seriousness. Thanks to our colleagues at the Department of Treasury, sanctions are going back into effect and new ones are coming," he said.

"Iran will be forced to make a choice: either fight to keep its economy off life support at home, or keep squandering precious wealth in fights abroad. It will not have the resources to do both.

Following the speech, Minister Naftali Bennett said, "The bottom line of Pompeo's speech and the new policy toward Iran is that it can either invest in improving the lives of Iranians or invest in taking the lives of other people. It cannot do both," Bennett said.