Khamenei warns Iran will respond to ‘every wrong step’ taken by US regarding nuclear deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responded Sunday to US President Donald Trump’s claim about Tehran violating the nuclear deal’s “spirit.” According to Khamenei, Iran will respond to “every wrong step by the United States regarding the nuclear deal.”
Khamenei (L), Trump (R) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threatened Washington on Sunday, saying: “Iran will respond to every wrong step by the United States regarding the nuclear deal.” Khamenei’s statement was a response to US President Donald Trump’s claim that Iran is violating “the spirit” of the deal.

“The Iranian regime stands firm,” Khamenei stressed. “Every wrong step by the aggressive regime [the US] regarding the nuclear deal will be met with a response from the Islamic Republic.”

While Trump did not explicitly say last week that he plans to cancel the deal that was signed by his predecessor, he repeated his claim that it is “one of the worst deals” he has ever seen. Nevertheless, US officials stated that Washington will announce the continuation of sanctions relief for Iran in accordance with the deal.

Next month, Trump is slated to decide whether Iran has breached the deal. “You’ll see what I’m going to be doing very shortly in October,” Trump said in regard to the October 15 announcement.

As reported last week by JOL, senior US officials said that Trump is analyzing a new strategy that would be more aggressive toward Iran and its proxy forces in Syria and Iraq. The sources said that the purpose of the new strategy is to pressure Tehran to end its ballistic missile program.

According to the report, the plan was presented to Trump about a week and a half ago and it will likely be officially announced and implemented by the end of this month. Reuters reported that the proposal was prepared and presented by Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

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