UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday denounced the “apparent hostility” some European countries have shown towards the Iranian nation, the official website reported.
Khamenei said that “the Europeans apparently entered as a mediator and talked a lot, but their conversations were empty content.”
His comments came after a failed French-led European attempt to contain tensions between Washington and Tehran, as well as after Berlin, Paris and London held Iran “responsible” for the September 14 attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
Khamenei said Iran could negotiate with the world “with the exception of the United States and the Zionist entity.”
“The motives of European hostility to the Islamic Republic are not fundamentally different from those of America,” he said. “The Europeans, despite their promises, remained committed to the US embargo and took no action. It is unlikely that they will henceforth take a stand in favor of Iran. Hope from the Europeans.”
Berlin, London and Paris have tried in recent weeks to broker a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
But Rouhani refused to meet Trump in New York on Wednesday.
Tensions have been running high between Washington and Tehran since Trump pulled out of the deal over Iran’s nuclear program and reinstated US economic sanctions against Iran.
With the Europeans unable to help Tehran avoid US sanctions, the Islamic republic is gradually reducing its obligations under the Vienna agreement.
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