Supreme leader: Europe must follow demands or deal’s off

Supreme leader: Europe must follow demands or deal’s off

Iran’s supreme leader set out conditions for Tehran to stay in its nuclear deal with world powers, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran after the US withdrawal.

European powers must continue buying crude and protect Iranian oil sales from US pressure, and promise they won’t seek new negotiations on Iran’s ballistic missile programme and Middle East activities, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s official website said on Wednesday.

“European banks should safeguard trade with the Islamic Republic. We do not want to start a fight with these three countries [France, Germany and Britain], but we don’t trust them either,” Khamenei said.

“Europe should fully guarantee Iran’s oil sales. In case Americans can damage our oil sales … Europeans should make up for that and buy Iranian oil.”

He warned if the Europeans did not meet these demands, Iran would resume its enrichment of uranium, halted under the deal to minimise the risk of Tehran developing the m

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