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Khamenei urges European Union to stand against USA on nuclear deal issue

Khamenei urges European Union to stand against USA on nuclear deal issue

The supreme leader of Iran has defended the 2015 nuclear deal and used strong language to accuse US President Donald Trump of ranting and lying. The UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union all endorsed the agreement.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed the US President's rejection of the deal as the "rants and whoppers" of a "brute".

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Mr Trump's description of the deal as leading to "more violence, more chaos" was "nonsensical" and the result of a "foul-mouthed president".

Mr Trump has refused to certify to the US Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the deal.

The remaining parties to the accord insist Washington can not unilaterally cancel a multinational deal enshrined by a United Nations resolution.

Europe, firstly, needs to stand against the US' practical measures regarding the JCPOA, Khamenei said, adding, "Secondly, they should not interfere the Islamic Republic's defense issues".

The enemy has been seeking to isolate Iran, he said, adding that Trump's recent anti-Iran speech led to USA isolation instead.

"We see no reason to change anything in the guidelines that we have received from the (IMF) Board and continue to operate in the same manner", Lagarde said on Sunday, responding to a question on Trump's new policy on Iran who has strongly urged the IMF and World Bank not to provide loans or funds to Iran.

Speaking in a Wednesday meeting with a group of elite students in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei strongly condemned Europe for reiterating the USA remarks about Iran's regional presence and missile program, saying that such issues are none of their business.

"They must avoid interfering in our defence programme", Khamenei said.

"To ask the same thing (as the Americans) about why Iran is present in the region - well, deal with it".

"Why do YOU have missiles?"

Iran claims it is developing nuclear weapons purely for defensive purposes.

"It is not acceptable for us that Europe repeats the U.S. bullying against Iran", he added.