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19 October 2017, 12:45 | Floyd Cook
Iran supreme leader dismisses Trump's 'rants and whoppers'
In his debut speech at the UN, Trump called Iran "a corrupt dictatorship" and said the deal was "the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into". If the USA tears up the deal, we will shred it ...
He said Mr Trump was "mad" because Iran was spoiling U.S. "plots" in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt, according to an account of the meeting with the students that was posted on his official website.
His comments followed Mr Trump's announcement on Friday that he would not re-certify the landmark deal, which saw Iran suspend elements of its nuclear energy programme in exchange for a relaxation of sanctions.
"Europe must stand against practical measures (taken) by America", he said.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with students in Tehran, Iran, October 18, 2017.
He further said that "West has no right to ask why Iran is present in the region, or why Iran has missiles".
Speaking in a Wednesday meeting with a group of elite students in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei strongly condemned Europe for reiterating the United States remarks about Iran's regional presence and missile program, saying that such issues are none of their business.
European Union foreign ministers on Monday urged USA lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran but also discussed Iran's missile program, which they want to see dismantled. Why do you have missiles yourselves? If Trump ditched the deal, "Iran will shred it". "Why do YOU have nuclear weapons?"
"The Europeans' following of America's bullying policy is not acceptable for Iran", he said.
The Leader further hit back at Trump's anti-Iran allegations and said US President Donald Trump shows stupidity, but this should not distract Iran from the Americans' deceitfulness.
"It is not acceptable for us that Europe repeats the U.S. bullying against Iran", he added.
If the deal falls apart, Iran's anti-Western hardliners will gain authority in a backlash against pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani, who engineered the accord to help end Iran's political and economic isolation, analysts and insiders say.
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