Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei denounces Trump's 'rants and whoppers'

The deal signed in Vienna in 2015 between Iran and six world powers - the U.S., Britain, Russia, France, China, and Germany - saw internationally observed limitations to Iran's nuclear weapons program in return for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

US President Donald Trump speaks about the Iran deal from the diplomatic reception room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2017.

"I don't want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute (U.S.) president", Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran quoted by state television.

The move put Washington at odds with other parties to the accord, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union, who say Washington can not unilaterally cancel a multilateral accord enshrined by a United Nations resolution.

"The US is an agent of the worldwide Zionism".

"Europe must stand against practical measures (taken) by America", he said.

The new Trump approach of insisting that Iran's general aggression is addressed alongside the nuclear issue is a major blow to Tehran, and a major boon to Israel which has spent months claiming it is incongruous that a rogue state is getting an embrace from the West without being demanded to change. We welcomed this, but it is not enough to ask Trump not to rip up the agreement.

Khamenei also hit out at Europe, saying Tehran would not accept pressure from European countries over its regional policy and missile programme. And if Congress fails to strengthen enforcement, blocks Iran's route to a nuclear missile, and makes permanent guarantees in American law that Iran won't have nuclear arms, he may intervene to nix the deal. Why do you have missiles yourselves?

"Or if they ask, 'Why does Iran have missiles?' then our response is, 'Why do they have missiles and nuclear weapons?'" "We do not think it is acceptable for the Europeans to join America in its bullying".

It has called upon the Islamic Republic not to "undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

Congress must now decide whether to reimpose some economic sanctions that were lifted as part of the nuclear deal in return for Iran limiting sensitive nuclear activities. "The president of the United States has many powers (but) not this one", the European Union foreign policy chief stressed.

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