Ayatollah Khamenei Outlines Tehran's Conditions for Staying in Iran Nuclear Deal

Ayatollah Khamenei Outlines Tehran's Conditions for Staying in Iran Nuclear Deal

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to what he called "the fundamental, deep and constant enmity" of the United States towards the Islamic Republic and said Iran would definitely defeat the USA if Iranian officials fulfill their duty.

His comments come in response to a press conference on Monday in which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Iran with "the strongest sanctions in history".

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

During a joint press conference in Tehran with Miguel Arias Canete, the European commissioner for energy and climate, Salehi also expressed hope that the EU's efforts in salvaging the nuclear deal after the USA withdrawal from the multilateral agreement would be materialized.

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

Ayatollah Khamenei added that European powers must protect Iranian oil sales from United States pressure and continue buying Iranian crude, and must promise they would not seek new talks on Iran's missile program and regional activities.

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"Pompeo and other United States officials are trapped in old illusions".

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

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.

Other participants in the nuclear accord, including France, the United Kingdom and Germany, are trying to keep it intact.

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

Europe is still "very, very united" on continuing to support Iran's nuclear deal, says German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. He also called for a ban on a heavy-water reactor, which is the most basic way to develop nuclear energy.

Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany - in 2015.

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