Khamenei: Europeans stabbed us in the back

Israel National News reports: “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday dismissed a trade mechanism launched by European countries to bypass renewed US sanctions as a ‘bitter joke’, AFP reports.

The European Union launched the trade mechanism that would bypass US sanctions on Iran, known as Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), in late January in hopes of saving the 2015 nuclear deal…

Khamenei, however, rejected the European efforts in a televised address at a shrine in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where he speaks every year to mark the Iranian New Year.

‘This financial channel they recently set up resembles a joke, a bitter joke,’ he said, according to AFP.

‘The difference between what they are obligated to do and what they are proposing is as far as the earth is from the sky,’ continued the Supreme Leader, who also stated that Europe cannot be trusted.

‘We should completely forego (any hope) of help or cooperation from Westerners in strengthening our economy, we shouldn’t wait for them,’ he said, adding, ‘Once again the Europeans have stabbed us in the back, they have betrayed us.’ Khamenei said…”

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