TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lambasted the US for violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), warning that any “wrong move” concerning the nuclear deal would draw reaction from Iran.
In a Sunday address to the graduation ceremony of Police cadets in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei took a swipe at US officials for their impertinent attitude toward the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
The US has exhibited various evil and malicious behaviors in connection with the JCPOA, the Leader deplored, saying such a conduct affirms the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini’s notion that the US is “the great Satan.”
“The United States of America’s regime is truly the most vicious of devils,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
While Iranian officials decided to hold nuclear negotiations and even retreat from part of the country’s rights to have the sanctions lifted, the US is behaving in a cruel, bullying and forceful manner despite all of those negotiations, commitments, Imam Khamenei said.
As regards the best approach to deal with the enemy’s hostile moves, Ayatollah Khamenei said Iranian authorities should prove it to the “corrupt leaders of the US regime” that they rely on the Iranian nation who would never bow to force.
“The Iranian nation is standing firmly, and any wrong move by the hegemonic system concerning the JCPOA would receive the Islamic Republic’s reaction,” the Leader stressed.
Iran and the Group 5+1 reached the 159-page nuclear agreement in July 2015 and started to implement it in January 2016.
Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the IAEA has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.
The US has even imposed many fresh sanctions against Iran, in flagrant defiance of the JCPOA.