On Monday night, EU officials unveiled a planned clearing house that would allow international companies, including all of Europe, Russia, and China, to continue trading with Iran while circumventing US banking sanctions.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was “deeply disappointing” to hear that the plan existed, and that he considers it an attempt to bolster Iran’s “ranking as the number one state sponsor of terror,” and counterproductive to US goals.
Not complying with US goals is very much the point. The US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, and has been trying to impose trading sanctions since then. All other nations remain in the nuclear deal, and are trying to save the deal by letting trade continue to flow.
John Bolton also continued to threaten Iran, saying that there would be “hell to pay” if Iran crosses the US or any of its allies, or defies US interests. He also insisted the EU was too weak to follow through on the plan to circumvent US sanctions, and that the US would never allow Europe to defy them at any rate.