Iran's Khamenei says U.S. will lose like cat in Tom and Jerry

Ann Santiago
May 24, 2018

Iran's supreme leader also blasted the United States for its withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

European powers see the accord as the best chance of stopping Tehran acquiring a nuclear weapon.

"The era of such statements has evolved and the Iranian people have heard these statements hundreds of times, and no longer pays attention", Rouhani said.

On May 21, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo laid out Washington's 12 demands for a new nuclear deal with Iran.

He further said Britain, France and Germany must pledge they would not seek negotiations on Iran's ballistic missile program and on its regional activities, both of which were not covered by the nuclear pact but are now demanded by Washington.

The 2015 deal concluded under the Obama administration dealt only with the nuclear program.

Khamenei also launched a fresh broadside at Washington's rejection of the nuclear accord, saying the United States withdrawal showed the Islamic Republic could not deal with a country that did not abide by its commitments. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo details the administration's strategy for dealing with Iran.

On May 8, President Donald Trump withdrew the USA from the UN-endorsed nuclear agreement, a move which Salehi described as "unwise".

The list of directives included withdrawing from Syria, ending support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and promising to never process plutonium.

"We have no conflicts with regard to these three countries [United Kingdom, France and Germany]; but we do not trust them, based on previous experience", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday at a meeting with representatives of the three branches of the Iranian government.

Iran is one of the world's largest oil producers, and the export of oil and gas is worth billions of dollars each year.

Israel praised the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the pact but the move was roundly criticised by fellow signatories, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, Mr Maas highlighted the "great solidarity" of the 2015 deal's European signatories and the European Union in continuing to enforce that agreement while negotiating with Iran on an expanded deal.

The deal was created to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Pompeo also vowed to put "unprecedented pressure" on the nation.

Earlier on May 23, Pompeo reiterated his tough stance toward Iran in testimony before a House committee.

Fears have been raised by pundits in recent days that a military confrontation could play out after the United States abandonment of the nuclear deal and its imposition of new sanctions.

Senior officials from the remaining parties to the accord-Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia-will meet their Iranian counterpart on Friday in Vienna.

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