Iran accuses U.S. of breaking promises

24 May, 2018, 09:12 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Iran accuses U.S. of breaking promises

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

"European banks should safeguard trade with the Islamic Republic".

The speech comes just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty to replace the deal scuttled by Trump.

Even forward-looking French president Emmanuel Macron, that failed in his charm offensive during his recent Washington visit to dissuade Trump from pulling out of the Iranian nuclear accord, has stated that he doesn't want a trade war with the USA over Iran.

Trump also vowed to impose "the highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran and punish those having business links with the Islamic republic.

On the seventh day of the auspicious month of Ramadan, the heads of government branches, officials, government authorities, a group of senior managers as well as political, social and cultural activists met with Ayatollah Khamenei.

On relations with Europeans, the Leader said that Iran does not seek confrontation with Europe, but the UK, France and Germany showed that they will follow the United States in sensitive issues.

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

What was he responding to?

For his part, Canete tried to reassure Iran that the European Union remained committed to salvaging the nuclear deal after the US pullout.

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"The sanctions to be launched against Iran will not foster dialogue".

Under the requirements, "Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon, ever", Pompeo said.

"Europe should fully guarantee Iran's oil sales".

Both the country's oil output and its GDP fell noticeably under worldwide sanctions. Other parties to the deal - Britain, China, Russia and Germany - have expressed a desire to keep the existing agreement in place. The other two signatories to the deal, China and Russian Federation, also want to maintain it.

Cease-fire deals announced as part of the Minsk accords - September 2014 and February 2015 pacts aimed to resolve the conflict - have failed to hold.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) saw Iran agree to limit the size of its stockpile of enriched uranium - which is used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons - for 15 years and the number of centrifuges installed to enrich uranium for 10 years.

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

He also called on the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) "to be ready" to restart nuclear activities "if necessary and in case the JCPOA proves to be useless". He added that Russian Federation would seek to maintain the agreement despite United States plans to resume sanctions against Iran.

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.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the IAEA.

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