Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in Tehran on Wednesday, addressing the Iranian teachers and officials of the education ministry on the occasion of Teachers’ Week in Iran.
“Last night you heard the ludicrous and shallow statements the US President made. There were probably over 10 lies in his speech. He threatened both the Iranian government and Iranian nation, claiming he would do one thing or another. On behalf of the Iranian nation I will say: Mr. Trump, you can’t do a damn thing,” he said.
“The US president’s shallow and ludicrous behavior wasn’t unexpected. The same behavior was shown by previous US presidents. Yet, the Iranian nation is persistent, while former US presidents passed away and the Islamic Republic of Iran is still standing. This man’s corpse will also be worms’ food, one day, while the Islamic Republic of Iran is standing stronger than ever,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“I don’t trust these three EU countries either. If the government (of President Rouhani) wants to make a contract, they should ask for a guarantee, or else they will all do just as the US did. If there’s not definite guarantee, the JCPOA cannot continue,” he underlined.
“A few days ago Trump wrote a letter to leaders of the Persian Gulf states, which was revealed to us. He wrote, “I spent $7 trillion and you must do something in return. The US wants to own humiliated slaves,” Ayatollah Khamenei underscored.
US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the US will no longer remain part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran in response to Tehran’s development of its nuclear program.
After Trump’s declaration, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he has ordered his atomic chief to stay on alert to resume suspended nuclear activities, stressing that Tehran will stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with other signatories if only other parties to the deal ensure all its interests and economic merits.
While stressing that Trumps decision was a historical experience for Iran, Rouhani noted that the US president has a history of undermining international treaties. Rouhani also noted that Iran would remain in the nuclear deal without the US’ presence for the next few weeks to see results of negotiations with Europeans.
Rouhani added that he has ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to be prepared for resuming nuclear enrichment at the industrial level.
“I have ordered AEOI to go ahead with adequate preparations to resume enrichment at the industrial level without any limit,” he said.
He further added that from now on everything depends on Iran’s national interests.
“Trump’s decision was the beginning of a psychological war against Iran, our heroic people will not be affected by this psychological attack,” said Rouhani.
Rouhani also noted that from now on the JCPOA is between Iran and the five remaining countries, but stressed that Iran would stay under the deal if all its interests are met.
He further noted that the Iranian Foreign Ministry would be negotiating with European countries, Russia, and China in the coming weeks.
Also, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Trump’s move, referring to it as “unlawful”, while adding that the outcome of further diplomatic efforts will determine Iran’s response.
In response to US persistent violations and unlawful withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as instructed by President Rouhani, I’ll spearhead a diplomatic effort to examine whether remaining JCPOA participants can ensure its full benefits for Iran. Outcome will determine our response.
“In response to US persistent violations & unlawful withdrawal from the nuclear deal, as instructed by President Rouhani, I’ll spearhead a diplomatic effort to examine whether remaining JCPOA participants can ensure its full benefits for Iran. Outcome will determine our response,” he tweeted.
The European Union, France, Britain and Germany have expressed regret over Trump’s decision about the deal.
Iran has on numerous occasions asserted that its nuclear program is merely peaceful and not meant to make nukes.