In his sermon, broadcast on state television, Ayatollah Khatami also criticized Iranian politicians who have looked toward Europe to preserve the nuclear agreement, arguing that the Europeans, too, have broken promises. The outpouring of anger, in demonstrations organized around the country, was the most strident so far to President Trump's announcement on Tuesday that he was abandoning the nuclear agreement reached with Iran and other major powers three years ago. The agreement relaxed or ended many economic restrictions on Iran in return for its verifiable pledges to never make nuclear weapons, including a freeze on nuclear fuel production for at least 15 years. Mr. Trump called the agreement too weak and described it as a shameful giveaway to Iran by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Mr. Trump's announcement restored onerous American sanctions on Iran, including penalties for foreign companies that do business with that country.
TEHRAN – Iran's top leader said Tuesday that if the next U.S. president tears up the nuclear deal, Iran will "light it on fire." Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks appeared to be aimed at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has criticized the deal and vowed to renegotiate it. Khamenei referred to a "U.S. presidential candidate threatening to tear the deal up." "We do not violate the deal, but if the other party violates it, if they tear the agreement up, we will light it on fire," Khamenei said in remarks published on his official website. Khamenei has the final say on all major issues in Iran. He said Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the agreement but that the U.S. was dragging its feet on lifting sanctions in the banking and insurance sectors, and on unfreezing Iranian assets.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan has decided to offer Iran around €2.05 million ($2.2 million) for nuclear safety initiatives to help the Middle Eastern state implement its historic nuclear deal with the West. "We agreed that bilateral relations are steadily making progress in a wide range of areas, including on cooperation for the steady implementation of the nuclear agreement," Kishida told a joint news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday after talks with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. Zarif said at the outset of the meeting, which was open to the media, that he welcomed Japan's "constructive contribution" that "strongly pushes the implementation" of the nuclear agreement. The move comes amid uncertainty over the agreement's future following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. During the campaign, Trump said that if elected, his "number one priority" as president would be to "dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran," which was spearheaded by President Barack Obama.