Mehr News Agency – Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran should no longer trust the Europeans as they failed to honor their commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“The Europeans, despite their pledges, stuck to the US’ sanctions and did not do anything [regarding their JCPOA obligations], so no hope should be pinned on the Europeans,” Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Thursday.
The Leader said the Iranian officials who were engaged in negotiations say the Europeans have fulfilled none of their commitments, adding, “This is the strongest reason why we should not trust them in any field.” He noted that “the way to establish relations with Europe is open, but by no means trust the countries that openly show hostility.”
One point about Europe and the foreign policy affairs is that we have not closed the door for establishing relations and negotiating with any country in the world, apart from the Zionist Regime and the US We are indeed busy working and endeavoring.
The Leader once again urged the officials of the Islamic Republic to avoid relying on the European heads of states and held, “But, as frequently mentioned before, we should not at all place hope and trust on anyone except for the domestic forces, in particular, not on those that have raised the flag of hostility against the Islamic Republic and the Islamic establishment, firstly led by the U.S., and next by the European countries.
He warned his audience that the motives of these European states do not differ from the motives behind the US’s actions, stating that “these few European countries openly show hostility to the Islamic Republic. Their motives for hostility with the Islamic Republic are not inherently different from those of the US; even though, the US is quite peculiar.”
The Leader of the Revolution went on to say, “[The Europeans] do not have the same capabilities, hegemony and facilities [as the US]; but, the mentality of the European leaders is the same as that of the US officials. They enter the scene as mediators, they negotiate, contact, make calls, make lengthy speeches, and make commitments, but they are not truthful.”
Ayatollah Khamenei slammed the European partners of the Iran nuclear deal also known as JCPOA for submitting to the United States and giving in to the cruel sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Iran and maintained: Europe adhered to the US’ cruel secondary sanctions and did not take any steps [against it]. I addressed the European leaders, saying, ‘you must act if you are honest.’
He referred to the European officials’ visits to Iran after the JCPOA and articulated, “After the nuclear deal, when several European officials came to our country, and met with us, I told some of them at the time, ‘these visits alone are useless; if you are honest and really want to work with the Islamic Republic, take action’; but they did not act upon it, as you noticed. And they all adhered to those secondary sanctions that the United States imposed without taking any steps [against it].”
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed lack of trust in the European partners of the JCPOA in implementing their commitments and stated, “I still do not think they will do anything for the Islamic Republic in the future. We should not place hope on them. Communication, interaction and visits are fine; signing agreements with them is fine; but they cannot be trusted at all, as they have betrayed all their commitments.”