Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, referred to Donald Trump’s speech on the US exit from the nuclear deal as “stupid and superficial.”
“Mr Trump, I say to you on behalf of the Iranian people, you have made a mistake,” Khamenei said today, as reported by the Independent.
Challenging the US decision to withdraw from the agreement, the Iranian supreme leader said: “You cannot do a damn thing!”
Khamenei described Trump’s speech Tuesday night as having “over 10 lies,” without elaborating.
Khamenei has backed the Iranian nuclear deal and also criticized Donald Trump for failing to deliver on the pledges given over the deal by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Joint Global Action Plan (JCPOA) and promised to reintroduce stricter economic sanctions against Iran in response to the development of Tehran’s nuclear program.
In response to the US step, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on the same day that Tehran does not intend to leave the JCPOA and that the agreement continues between Iran and the remaining five participants.
Meanwhile, Iranian legislators also set fire to a US flag inside parliament days ago, shouting: “Death to America!”
The government backlash reflected public anger in Iran over Mr Trump’s decision, which threatens to destroy the landmark 2015 agreement. Iranian officials, including the parliament’s speaker, have said they hope Europe will work with them to preserve the deal, but many are pessimistic, The Independent reported.
MPs, including a Shia cleric, held the flaming flag alight as their colleagues joined their chants. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal and stomped on the papers’ ashes, the report continued.
Trump’s main interests in destroying the nuclear deal is to serve Israel’s interests. Iran remains the only credible threat to the Zionist entity as states like Saudi Arabia attempt to slowly normalize relations.