Khamenei Hints at Possibility of Iran Withdrawal from Nuclear Deal

Khamenei Hints at Possibility of Iran Withdrawal from Nuclear Deal

Wednesday, 29 August, 2018 - 19:30
Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei. (AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei hinted on Wednesday that Tehran may withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if it no longer serves the country’s interests.

The government should be ready to “set aside” the deal, he said in a meeting with the cabinet, according to his website.

Khamenei said talks should continue with Europe, which is trying to salvage the agreement despite the withdrawal of the United States.

But he said the Iranian government "must not pin hope on the Europeans for issues such as the nuclear deal or the economy".

"We must examine their promises with skepticism," he added.

Khamenei reiterated that Iran would not engage in any negotiations with the administration of US President Donald Trump, despite his offer of unconditional talks.

"(The Americans) want to say they can bring anyone, even Iran, to the negotiating table.

"But as I have previously said in detail, no negotiations with them will take place," Khamenei said.

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