Iran’s Supreme Leader, in his first sermon in eight years, said yesterday that Britain and other European states who were party to a nuclear pact were “American lackeys” who “cannot be trusted”.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told thousands of worshippers gathered in Tehran that the UK, France and Germany were “weak”, after the co-signatories to the 2015 accord triggered a formal dispute mechanism in the agreement, which could lead to UN sanctions being reimposed.
Iran has gradually scaled back its commitments under the pact in retaliation to US’s withdrawal in 2018 and its reimposition of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.
“I told you after US withdrawal that the E3 are just paying lip service, and telling lies,” he said.
“I said I don’t trust them. Now you see they’re just pawns of the US. They’re trying to bring Iran to its knees. US, which was your master, failed to do so, let alone you tiny ones.”
Donald Trump responded on Twitter on Friday night, telling Khamenei to be “very careful with his words”.