Khamenei urges European Union to stand against U.S. on nuclear deal issue


"To say that they accept the JCPOA (nuclear deal) but should negotiate on Iran's regional presence or talk about Iran's missile defences is to set conditions on the JCPOA, and this is not at all acceptable", said Ali Akbar Velayati, senior foreign policy advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The 78-year-old ayatollah told a gathering of students in Tehran that the U.S. was angry because Iran had foiled its plots in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt.

"We can not afford as an global community, as Europe for sure, to dismantle an agreement that is working and delivering", Mogherini said.

"They are angry because today the Islamic Republic has managed to foil their plots in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and the like", the Leader added.

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"Based on the factual record I have put forward, I am announcing today that we can not and will not make this certification".

Zarif had also held a teleconference with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Monday, during which Kono expressed full support for Iran's nuclear deal and Zarif voiced his appreciation toward Japan's stance on the agreement. "We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran's nuclear breakout".

"Trump's claims should not be taken seriously because the Joint comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a mutual deal rather it is an accord which took 30 months to be enforced and tough talks were also held", Larijani said. His decision does not immediately mean that the agreement is in jeopardy. "Although the situation is very hard, especially in relations with the Congress which is strongly negative about ay agreements with Iran". But the US's influence over the financial market limits European leverage.

"The European governments underlined the issue of JCPOA and condemned the U.S. president's remarks". "The Iran nuclear deal is not an US-Iranian agreement, it is a multilateral agreement endorsed by the United Nations Security Council and enjoying a special status", he noted.