After President Donald Trump announced his intent to end America’s involvement in the Iran Nuclear Deal, the rogue nation did not take it well.
The Iran Deal, crafted by then-President Barack Obama, allowed Iran to escape crippling economic sanctions that had punished them over their nuclear program.
Instead, President Obama sent the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism over a billion dollars in cash.
After Iran learned the money train was over and their country would now face new sanctions and scrutiny, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “America can’t do a damn thing” to them. The American flag was also burned on the floor of the Iranian Parliament by its members.
Without elaborating, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the US president of ’10 lies’ and warned his country not to trust America, Britain, France and Germany.
Iranian politicians chanted ‘death to America’, set fire to a US flag and a symbolic copy of the Iran deal and vowed to continue spending on the country’s ballistic missile program.
Referring to Trump, Khamenei said Wednesday: ‘This man will turn to dust and his body will become food for snakes and ants. And the Islamic Republic will still be standing.’
‘I said many times from the first day: don’t trust America. And he added, ‘I don’t trust these three countries,’ Britain, France and Germany.’
All three are parties to the agreement and were trying after Trump’s withdrawal to salvage the deal.
Supreme Leader Khamenei is skeptical a renegotiation of the Iran deal is possible.
‘If you can’t get a definite guarantee, then the nuclear deal can not be continued,’ he said.
Khamenei heaped scorn on Trump, saying ‘You heard last night that the president of America made some silly and superficial comments.
‘He had maybe more than 10 lies in his comments. He threatened the regime and the people, saying I’ll do this and that. Mr. Trump, I tell you on behalf of the Iranian people: You’ve made a mistake.’
Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, reluctantly gave his backing for the Iran nuclear deal and has publicly criticized the U.S. multiple times for not following through on its promises under the agreement.
Raising the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme was an excuse to curb the Islamic Republic’s regional influence and missile programme, Khamenei said. Accepting negotiations on its missiles and regional influence would mean Iran had to make endless concessions, he said.
‘We accepted the nuclear deal, but the enmity against the Islamic Republic did not end,’ Khamenei said.
Iran needs to preserve its nuclear programme because the country will need 20,000 megawatts of electricity in the next few years, he said.
President Hassan Rouhani has previously warned that Iran could restart enriching uranium ‘without any limitations’ within weeks.
Europeans still back the 2015 deal and the leaders of France, Germany and Britain said Trump’s decision to leave the accord is a threat to global efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
Russia said it was ‘deeply disappointed’ while French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insisted the deal was ‘not dead’. French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said the US should not consider itself as the world’s ‘economic policeman’.
This video shows the Iranian parliament burning the American flag in protest.
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