Iranian Supreme Leader acknowledges trade between Iran and Sri Lanka below potential

Iranian Supreme Leader acknowledges trade between Iran and Sri Lanka below potential

It was the most serious military confrontation between the two rivals to date.

The Leader asserted, "from day one, I said several times that the United States is not to be trusted".

For his part, Sri Lankan President Sirisena gave his government and nation's warm regards to Iran's Leader and said during the Sunday talks, the two countries chose to boost their cooperation.

The parliament in Tehran later burned an American flag and chanted "death to America".

Thousands later demonstrated across the country to protest Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Following the controversial decision, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran weighs plans to remain in the agreement with the other five parties, namely Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, provided that the remaining JCPOA parties ensure its full benefits for Iran.

Prior to Trump's announcement on Tuesday, the three leaders attempted to negotiate a side agreement to satisfy the U.S. president's demands without, dismantling the original deal. "They [some officials] said this was not true".

Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, reluctantly gave his backing for the Iran nuclear deal and has publicly criticized the USA multiple times for not following through on its promises under the agreement.

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Ayatollah Khamenei-the Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution-met with Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka, this afternoon (Sunday)-May 13, 2018.

But while expressing support for the deal, they also raised concerns about Iran's ballistic-missile programme "and its destabilising regional activities", including in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Trump has repeatedly pointed to those omissions in referring to the accord as the "worst deal ever".

"If you can't get a definite guarantee, then the nuclear deal cannot be continued", he said.

"Without receiving a strong guarantee from these three European countries, we won't stick to the nuclear agreement", Khamenei said.

The Leader went on to say, "From that day, I said that the problem the US has with Iran is irrelevant to its nuclear energy; it is only a pretext".

"Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their pants?" Larijani was quoted by Iran's Mehr news agency as saying. Aside from the mounting military tensions between Iran and Israel, oil prices are rising on the uncertainty.

During their telephone conversation on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated their commitment to preserving the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. And European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted that it's not up to the U.S.to determine the deal's future anyway.

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