Press Shia – Ayatollah Khatami slammed Washington for its moves against the JCPOA, the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, describing the US and other hegemonic powers as “not trustworthy.”

Press Shia – Addressing a huge gathering of worshipers at the University of Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami denounced the US Congress move to extend a legislation, known as Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), for ten more years and said according to Iranian officials, the measure is a breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


“The arrogant powers are not trustworthy,” he said, adding that their aggressive nature is inconsistent with keeping promises.


The cleric said experience has shown that the hegemonic powers do not know anything about logic and ethics either.


He further stressed that if the legislation is implemented it will draw a decisive reaction from Iran, urging US President Barack Obama not to fall into the trap of the Zionists and sign it because signing it would further discredit the US.


The legislation on ISA passed the US Senate by 99-0 on December 1. It passed the House of Representatives nearly unanimously in November, and congressional aides said they expected President Barack Obama would sign it.


While the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries (Russia, China, the US, the UK, France and Germany) came into force in January, some Iranian officials complain about the US failure to fully implement the accord.


The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, said last month that if the sanctions were extended, Iran would definitely respond to it.