close Video Iran’s supreme leader threatens to abandon nuclear deal Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the government should stop pinning hopes on Europe to save the deal abandoned by the U.S.; Trey Yingst reports on the war of words. Iran’s supreme leader has casted doubt on saving the international nuclear deal after U.S. withdrawal earlier this year, saying Wednesday that the government should stop pinning its hopes on Europe to keep the accord alive. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran could abandon the nuclear agreement if it does not serve the “national interests” of the country, Reuters reported. “The nuclear deal is a means, not the goal, and if we come to this conclusion that it does not serve our national interests, we can abandon it,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website. Khamenei added that even as officials from European countries work to salvage the deal after the exit by the U.S., Tehran should “give up hope” for the deal to be saved. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet meet the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran. (Official President.ir Website/Handout via REUTERS) “There is no problem with negotiations and keeping contact with the Europeans, but you… Read full this story
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