Columns

Ayatollah Ready to 'Set Fire' to Iran Nuclear Deal

(Office of the Russian president)

Iran’s supreme leader threatened to “set fire” to the P5+1 nuclear deal if he feels that the U.S. is violating the terms.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei felt so strongly about this that he pinned it to the top of his Twitter page:

According to state media, Khamenei said Tuesday that “staying faithful” to the deal on the Iranian side “is a Quranic order.” He also tweeted Tuesday that negotiation is not possible as long as the United States is not accepting of the Islamic Republic:

Speaking on the status of sanctions relief Tuesday, State Department press secretary John Kirby said that though he couldn’t speak about a specific report regarding Iran making a deal to buy Boeing planes, “I can say that we have seen a number of major companies make tangible plans to take advantage of the new commercial opportunities afforded by the JCPOA.”

“As we’ve said before, we’re not going to stand in the way of permissible business under the JCPOA with Iran, and we are going to do what we can to meet our commitments as long as Iran continues to meet their nuclear-related commitments,” Kirby said.

“We have and we will continue to meet all our obligations under the JCPOA. We have and we will stay actively engaged with partner governments and the private sector to clarify the sanctions that were lifted on implementation day… what makes business nervous, what makes business reticent isn’t some lack of education or effort by the United States, but when they see missiles being shipped to Hezbollah, missiles being fired at U.S. aircraft carriers, and support to terrorist groups.”