US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Australia and other nations to help execute the Trump administration's tough new campaign to ensure Iran "has no path to a nuclear weapon - not now, not ever".
Pompeo, in his first major foreign policy speech since becoming secretary of state, on Monday used fiery language to outline America's strategy after US President Donald Trump earlier this month defied the wishes of Australia, France, Great Britain and other allies and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.
He said the US was ready impose the "strongest sanctions in history" against Iran and listed 12 demands the regime must follow, including providing the International Atomic Energy Agency with unqualified access to all sites throughout Iran.
"In the strategy we laid out today, we want the support of our most important allies and partners in the region and around the globe," Pompeo said in his address to the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC.
"Certainly our European friends, but much more than that.
"I want the Australians, the Bahrainis, the Egyptians, the Indians, the Japanese, the Jordanians, the Kuwaitis, the Omanis, the Qataris, the Saudi Arabians, South Korea, the UAE, and many, many others worldwide to join in this effort against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
"I know that those countries share the same goals."
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on May 9 he regretted Mr Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal between Iran and the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany.
The deal, championed by former US president Barack Obama, lifted sanctions on trade with Iran in exchange for the slowing of the country's nuclear research and development program.
Pompeo warned Iran "will be battling to keep its economy alive" when US sanctions come into force.
The Trump administration's 12 demands are:
* Iran must declare to the IAEA a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program, and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.
* stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing.
* provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.
* end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.
* release all US citizens, and citizens of US partners and allies, detained in Iran on "spurious" charges.
* end support to Middle East terrorist groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
* respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi Government and permit the disarming, demobilsation and reintegration of Shia militias.
* end its military support for the Houthi militia and work towards a peaceful political settlement in Yemen.
* withdraw all forces under Iranian command in Syria.
* end support for the Taliban and other terrorists in Afghanistan and the region, and cease harbouring senior al-Qaeda leaders.
* end the IRG Quds Force's support for terrorists and militant partners around the world.
* end its threatening behaviour against its neighbours, including threatening to destroy Israel and firing missiles into Saudi Arabia and the UAE.