JCPOA Reinforces Iran's Mistrust in US

JCPOA Reinforces Iran's Mistrust in US
JCPOA Reinforces Iran's Mistrust in US

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the US lack of commitment to the nuclear deal testifies to its untrustworthy nature and proves it is still in the habit of reneging on its promises.

It is about six months since the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, came into force to lift sanctions against Iran in exchange for scaling down its nuclear program.

But Iran has expressed grievances that few trade deals have taken place, blaming the remaining US sanctions that, among other restrictions, prohibit international firms and banks from dealing with Iranians through the US financial system.

Addressing a gathering of people from different walks of life on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Our experience on the action plan substantiated the pointlessness of negotiations with the Americans, their non-adherence to their commitments and the need to stick to a distrustful view of US promises," IRNA reported.

"It showed the only way to develop the country and improve the people's living standards is focusing on our domestic [capabilities] not our enemies, which are constantly creating problems for Iran in the region and the world."

The Leader lamented a pervasive sense of frustration among Iranians only six months after the Implementation Day—Jan. 16 when JCPOA came into effect.

"Were the cruel sanctions not supposed to be removed to see its [positive] impact on the people's lives? Wouldn't the government have been able to accomplish a great deal so far if it hadn't been for the US non-compliance with its commitments?" he asked rhetorically.

***No US Talks on Region

Ayatollah Khamenei once again ruled out any future negotiations with the United States on regional issues, citing the US zero-sum approach.

"The Americans tend to demand everything [in negotiations] but give nothing," he said.

On the recent failed military coup in Turkey to topple the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Leader noted that the US is suspected of orchestrating the move.

"There is strong suspicion that the Americans helped orchestrate the coup which, if proven, would be regarded as a big disgrace for the United States."

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that such moves are in line with the US hostile policies toward Islam and Islamist governments.