Supreme leader: Europe must follow demands or deal's off

Supreme leader: Europe must follow demands or deal's off

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed defiance of the U.S. with a side order of American pop culture, invoking the cat-and-mouse adventures of Tom and Jerry.

Mr de Villepin's remarks came in the wake of a speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he threatened Tehran with the "strongest sanctions in history" if it did not comply with a list of 12 conditions for lifting sanctions, such as the abandonment of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and regional hegemonic ambitions.

Iranian leader Khamenei on Wednesday published conditions the three European signatories of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal - Germany, Britain and France - must accept to guarantee Iran stays in the agreement.

The Leader cited Iran's experiences of USA behavior over the years and said, "The first experience is that the government of the Islamic Republic can not interact with America ... Why?"

On Friday, the European Union took its pivot away from US -hegemony a step higher when it announced a series of steps to counter USA sanctions over Iran's nuclear ambitions, including enabling member states to make direct payments for oil to Iran's central bank as well as the revival of a 1990s blocking statute that allows European Union firms to ignore US sanctions without fear of reprisal from Washington.

If Iran fails to comply with Washington's list of demands, the United States will impose the "strongest sanctions in history", Pompeo warned.

The 2015 deal concluded under the Obama administration dealt only with the nuclear program.

Khamenei said he was demanding assurances as he does not trust the European powers which are longstanding USA allies, "We don't want to start a fight with Europe but these three countries (UK, France and Germany) have shown that they will follow America in the most sensitive issues", he added".

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The elite Guard said in a statement: "The American leaders. have got this message that if they attack Iran, they will encounter a fate similar to that of Saddam Hussein".

In a May 23 interview on Iran's state television, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Pompeo's comments about Iran "untrue" and based on "old illusions".

The deal was created to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

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Mr Pompeo's plan would start with "unprecedented financial pressure" aimed at getting Iran back to the negotiating table, and Mr Pompeo said specialists would be sent to allied countries to explain the U.S. approach. These US sanctions are not acceptable.

Pompeo on Wednesday told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that the administration meant to work with "as many partners, friends and allies as possible" to stop what he described as all of Tehran's nuclear and non-nuclear threats.