Iran supreme leader Khamenei says Trump talking nonsense

The enemy has been seeking to isolate Iran, he said, adding that Trump's recent anti-Iran speech led to U.S. isolation instead. If the USA tears up the deal, we will shred it ...

Khamenei further said that the USA is angry because the Islamic Republic has managed to spoil its plots in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and etc.

And Iran threatened the United States with "retaliation" if Trump took any action, even vowing to destroy Israel if the agreement was ripped up.

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". "We welcomed this, but this is not enough", Khamenei told a meeting with a group of outstanding university students on October 18, the leader's official website reported.

Speaking in a Wednesday meeting with a group of elite students in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei strongly condemned Europe for reiterating the USA remarks about Iran's regional presence and missile program, saying that such issues are none of their business.

He also said that his new strategy begins with imposing tough sanctions on the IRGC, accusing Iran of "proliferation of missiles and weapons that threaten its neighbor's global trade and freedom of navigation".

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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.

"It is not acceptable for us that Europe repeats the U.S. bullying against Iran", he added. Why do you have missiles yourselves?

"Or if they ask, 'Why does Iran have missiles?' then our response is, 'Why do they have missiles and nuclear weapons?'"

It has called upon the Islamic Republic not to "undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons".

The Trump administration has imposed new unilateral sanctions targeting Iran's missile activity. "There is an ongoing process in the United States".

"If they ask questions like, 'Why Iran is active in the region?', well, it is none of their business", he said. Total was the first Western oil major to sign a deal with Iran to develop phase 11 of Iran's South Pars, the world's largest gas field.

  • Megan Austin