Iran will 'shred' nuclear deal if United States quits it - Ali Khamenei

Aaron Brown
October 19, 2017

Ayatollah Khamenei said he welcomed expressions of support for the accord from European states but if the USA tore up the deal, Iran would "shred it to bits".

"Everyone be assured that this time, too, America will be slapped and defeated by the nation of Iran".

Europe, firstly, needs to stand against the US' practical measures regarding the JCPOA, Khamenei said, adding, "Secondly, they should not interfere the Islamic Republic's defense issues".

"It has always been our plan to develop our ties and relations with Europe within our values and beliefs", opined the Iranian official touching upon Iran-Europe relations after the landmark agreement of 2015, "However, the truth is that Europe has not done the same since the nuclear deal was signed".

Iran says it has the right to nuclear energy and insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

Trump's new program covers not just nuclear matters, but also Iran's missile program, support for terror, and regional aspirations that threaten the national security interests of the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East.

Tehran has repeatedly pledged to continue what it calls a defensive missile capability in defiance of Western criticism.

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Tehran has said it is developing missiles exclusively for defensive purposes.

European Union foreign ministers on Monday urged US lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran but also discussed Iran's missile program, which they want to see dismantled.

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.

"It is not acceptable for us that Europe repeats the United States bullying against Iran", he added.

"Why do YOU have missiles?"

"The Europeans' following of America's bullying policy is not acceptable for Iran", he said. "Why do YOU have nuclear weapons?"

The Leader further hit back at Trump's anti-Iran allegations and said US President Donald Trump shows stupidity, but this should not distract Iran from the Americans' deceitfulness.

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