Iran's Supreme Leader Has Launched a Scathing Attack on the US

  • Iran's Supreme Leader Has Launched a Scathing Attack on the US

Iran's Supreme Leader Has Launched a Scathing Attack on the US

Deputy foreign ministers of the remaining parties to the accord - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - will meet their Iranian counterpart on Friday in Vienna.

"If the Europeans linger over our demands, Iran has the right to resume its nuclear activities". Under the plan, Iran agreed to place limits on its nuclear development in exchange for the removal of many economic restrictions.

Earlier in the day, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei set out conditions for Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal with world powers, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran after the United States withdrawal from the agreement.

Pompeo warned Iran would be hit with the "strongest sanctions in history" unless it adhered to stricter terms, including ending its ballistic missile program and its interventions in regional conflicts from Yemen to Syria.

At the heart of Pompeo's approach is a list of 12 demands that Iran would have to meet in exchange for the US concluding a formal Senate-ratified treaty guaranteeing Iran's unfettered return to the global economy.

"We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the (nuclear) agreement the Europeans will. fulfill their commitment".

"It simply needs to change its behavior", he added.

Iran's supreme leader criticized the USA on Wednesday over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers. But he left open the possibility of reaching a new deal that would satisfy his demands.

That agreement lifted global sanctions in exchange for Tehran promising to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in worldwide inspectors. The other two signatories to the deal, China and Russian Federation, also want to maintain it.

President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the United States would pull out of the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers, including the United States. Iran must also release all US citizens detained in the country.

The meeting will assess what can be done to keep the deal alive and circumvent extraterritorial United States sanctions that are impacting foreign business appetite for Iran.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrive for a meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, on May 23, 2018.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the U.S. is "not trustable" and will be defeated in its fresh anti-Iran move, media reports said.

"The Islamic Republic can not deal with a government that easily violates an worldwide treaty, withdraws its signature and in a theatrical show brags about its withdrawal on television", Ali Khamenei said.

Iran did not want a fight with Europe, Khamenei said, but Britain, Germany, and France "have shown that they will follow America in the most sensitive issues".

The families of some of the American hostages are anxious about the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that both the previous and current United States administrations reneged on their promises in a way and threatened the Islamic Republic, adding that's why Iran does not negotiate and interact with the US.

He said the Trump administration had made "enormous efforts" in countering Russian threats.

"This is an indication of bankruptcy in the US foreign policy", he said. Since war broke out in March 2014, fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces has killed more than 10,300 people.