Supreme Leader Khamenei says U.S. is
Iran's 'number one enemy'
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[November 02, 2017]
By Parisa Hafezi
ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States is
Iran's "number one enemy" and Tehran will never succumb to Washington's
pressure over a multinational nuclear deal, Iran's Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech on Thursday.
U.S. President Donald Trump broke ranks with other major powers last
month by refusing to formally certify Iran's compliance with the nuclear
deal. Under that deal, most sanctions on Iran were lifted in exchange
for Tehran curbing its nuclear work.
"The American president's foolish remarks against our people show the
depth of America's hostility towards the entire Iranian nation," Iran's
top authority Khamenei told a group of students.
"America is the number one enemy of our nation."
Since the deal was reached in 2015, Khamenei has continued to denounce
the United States publicly, suggesting that antagonism between the two
countries since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Tehran would not abate
because of the accord.
Iran and the United States severed diplomatic ties shortly after the
revolution, when hardline students took 52 Americans hostage for 444
days. Iran will mark the anniversary of the American embassy seizure on
Trump has called the nuclear agreement, which was reached under his
predecessor Barack Obama, "the worst deal ever negotiated" and has
adopted a harsh approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile
Washington has imposed new sanctions on Iran over its missile activity,
calling on Tehran not to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear
bombs. Iran says it has no such plans and its missile program is solely
for defense purposes.
The deal's other signatories, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and
China, and the European Union say Washington cannot unilaterally cancel
an international accord enshrined by a U.N. resolution.
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he arrives to
deliver a speech in Tehran, Iran, November 2, 2017.
Leader.ir/Handout via REUTERS
Iranian officials have repeatedly said that Tehran would stick to
the nuclear accord as long as the other signatories respected it.
But it has warned about the consequences if the deal falls apart.
"We will never accept their bullying over the nuclear deal ...
Americans are using all the wickedness to damage the result of the
nuclear talks," Khamenei said to chants of "Death to America" by
"Any retreat by Iran will make America more blatant and impudent ...
Resistance is the only option."
Trump also accuses Iran of supporting terrorism in the Middle East.
Iran rejects that and in turn blames the growth of militant groups
such as Islamic State on the policies of the United States and its
Shi'ite-dominated Iran and its regional arch-rival, U.S.-backed
Sunni Saudi Arabia, are involved in proxy wars across the region,
backing opposite sides in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.
(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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