Iran General NewsIran: Khamenei Admits Europe Unable to Help Against U.S....

Iran: Khamenei Admits Europe Unable to Help Against U.S. Sanctions


Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

Iran Focus

London, 5 Mar – Last July, months after the US exit from the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, and the reimposed sanctions that accompanied it, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned his government that they could not rely on Europe for protection against U.S.

While President Hassan Rouhani has been attempting to save the nuclear deal with European powers, who remain committed, the release of Khamenei’s speech proves that he has not been optimistic about the efforts.

On Monday, his official website quoted him as saying, “The Europeans would naturally say they are protecting Iranian interests with their package but (the Iranian government) should not make this a main issue.”

The U.S.-educated veteran diplomat who championed the nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, resigned from his position via Instagram, but President Rouhani rejected his resignation. Still, Khamenei’s skepticism casts doubt on Zarif’s efforts to keep the agreement alive.

Under the nuclear deal, it was agreed that the sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations would be lifted in return for long-term curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. But, Khamenei claimed that Iran’s economic problems would remain unresolved.

He also predicted that the mechanism proposed by Europeans to shield business with Iran against the U.S. sanctions, the Special Purpose Vehicle, would not solve the country’s economic hardship.

“(The Europeans) are bad. They are really bad. I have a lot to say about the Europeans; not because of their current policies, but their mischievous nature in the last few centuries,” he said.

The government in Tehran has threatened to leave the deal unless the European powers can enable it to receive economic benefits. Europe has promised to help companies do business with Iran — as long as Iran abides by the deal. In fact, France, Germany, and Britain opened a channel for non-dollar trade with Iran in January. Diplomats believe that the large transactions that Tehran desires to keep a nuclear deal afloat, are unlikely, however.

Although Iran met the terms of the nuclear accord, the Trump administration believed the the deal was too generous. Iran’s ballistic missile program and its regional meddling were not addressed in the original deal, nor were the ‘sunset clauses’, and now Washington wants them included.

The U.S. sanctions appear to have succeeded in persuading European companies to abandon business with Iran.

Latest news

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Economic Freedom Under the Rule of the Mullahs in Iran

The Fraser institute published its annual report of the index of economic freedom on September 8, which measured the...

Iran’s Regime Continues Its Internet Restriction Project

This is part of the outlook of a document by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace, which has...

Iran’s Human Development Index Dropped Sharply

One of the most common questions asked in primary schools by teachers all over the world is, “wealth or...

Narcotics Iran Regime’s Income Source for Terrorism

Besides Iran’s malign activities, such as its regional interference, and missile and nuclear projects, drug trafficking plays a major...

Iran’s Resistance Campaign Against Raisi’s Company in the UNGA77

The 77th United Nations General Assembly will convene on September 19, as the coronavirus pandemic has finally been contained...

Must read

Shias ‘infiltrated by Iran’ to control Iraqi police force

Daily Telegraph: Control of Iraq's police force was handed...

The Reasons Behind Demonization of the PMOI/MEk by Iran Regime’s Apologists

By Jubin Katiraie The signing into law of the...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you