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US Breaching Its Promises in JCPOA

Monday, August 1, 2016

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran’s experience in striking a nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries, including the United States, was a clear example of the enemies’ untrustworthiness.

“Today, even the diplomatic officials and those who were present in the nuclear negotiations reiterate the fact that the US is breaching its promises, and while speaking softly and sweetly to Iran, is busy obstructing and damaging Iran’s economic relations with other countries,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“The JCPOA, as an experience, once again proved the futility of negotiations with the Americans, their lack of commitment to their promises and the necessity of distrust of US pledges,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that the JCPOA experience also showed that the solution “for the progress of the country and the improvement of the nation’s living standards is [focusing] attention to existing potentialities in the country, not the enemies who are constantly creating obstacles for Iran in the region and the world.”

The Leader further stressed that the Iranian nation must learn from the experience of the US conduct regarding the JCPOA, adding, “They [the US officials] say come and negotiate [with us] on regional issues as well, but the JCPOA experience tells us that taking this step would be a deadly poison and that the Americans’ remarks cannot be trusted on any issue.”

Elsewhere, Ayatollah Khamenei said the disclosure of relations between the Saudi government and the Zionist regime is akin to stabbing the Muslim Ummah in the back.

“This move by the Saudis is a big sin and treachery but the Americans are also complicit in this massive wrong measure because the Saudi government is follower, possessed by and subservient to the American government,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the Saudi aggression against Yemen, mentioning the relentless bombardment of houses, hospitals and schools and the continuous killing of children as another major crimes committed by the Saudi government.

“These crimes are also committed with Americans' weaponry and through their green light,” the Leader pointed out.

The Leader further pointed to the backtracking of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on condemning the Saudi atrocities against the Yemeni children and said, “Unfortunately, even when the United Nations seeks to condemn these crimes after a long time, they shut its mouth with money, threats and pressure.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The disgraced UN secretary general confessed to these pressures, but instead of confession, he should have stepped down, not continue to stay in his post and betray humanity.”

The Leader also said the US played a role in creating and reinforcing Takfiri groups with the aim of sowing discord among Muslim nations and tarnishing the image of Islam.

“The Americans claim that they have set up a coalition against Takfiri groups. This is while they are carrying out no effective measure against them and according to some reports, they are even providing these groups with assistance,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

The Leader added that Washington is either creating problems in the region or intensifying them.

“Regional nations are capable of resolving these issues and while calling on regional governments [to help fix these issues], we also reaffirm that the US is not trustworthy and sees the Arab governments as a tool to protect the Zionist regime [of Israel] and meet its own hegemonic interests in the region,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader emphasized that unity among Muslim nations and states as well as standing up against the hegemonic goals of the US and some European governments are main solutions to resolve regional issues.

“These objectives must be recognized and be resisted and our nation is also standing firm on this path,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

The Leader added that despite all US efforts, its plots and agendas have been exposed and Washington is growing weaker by the day in the region.

Iran has also rejected recent claims by CIA Director John Brennan about ongoing talks between Iran and the United States on various subjects, saying Tehran and Washington are holding negotiations on the nuclear issue only.

“Except nuclear topics, no other negotiations have been and will be held between Iran and the US,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasemi, said.

Qasemi also said the CIA director is in no place to make baseless comments about Iran’s internal issues.

“Such remarks by US officials are aimed at starting psychological operations in order to create discord and bipolarization in the Iranian society which we regard as rejected and condemnable,” Qasemi added.

He said integrity, unity and solidarity among the Iranian nation and government are exemplary in the region and the world.

The spokesperson emphasized that the Iranian people are vigilant and have repeatedly reacted to such irrelevant remarks which are made with "calculated and suspect" objectives.

Qasemi said the Iranian nation will support national goals, ideas and safeguard its interests regardless of Western intelligence services’ fabricated categorizations.

A senior Iranian official also said three countries were involved in the leak to the media of confidential information about the country’s long-term nuclear program, which prompted a strong protest from Tehran.

“Our assumption is that three countries have a role in leaking this data and we have also lodged a protest over the issue,” spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

Kamalvandi further said Tehran is “not afraid of” the disclosure of the entire documents but they were not supposed to be available to international media “so quickly.”

The official added that Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) is in possession of the document on Tehran-IAEA cooperation, which is “highly confidential, while relevant authorities are also aware of the content.

Iranian “lawmakers will be provided with the document if the SNSC deems it necessary,” Kamalvandi stated. He said even the disclosure of the entire information “cannot harm our security and nuclear activities.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Kamalvandi accused Washington of having a hand in the leak, saying such actions are “politically-motivated” amid heated election campaigns in the US.

The IAEA has protocols to protect confidential data, but the agency is “under the influence of political powers like the [United Nations] Security Council,” Kamalvandi said.

He added that Israel is under fire by members of the IAEA Board of Governors over its nuclear work, but the regime refuses to publicly declare the number of its nuclear warheads, which is estimated to stand between 200 and 400.

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