In this footage from a press conference held on Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, strongly condemns the latest US sanctions on Iran, which he asserts are a violation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran’s regime and the P5+1 nations, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal.
Speaking to Iranian reporters and journalists, Velayati said: “Be in no doubt that we, the members of the Supervisory Commission are protesting against this violation of the JCPOA by America, and I believe that after the return of Javad Zarif, Araghchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi to Iran, we will hear the result of their dialogue, and if God wills we will make a joint decision in this regard, and the US violation of the JCPOA will not go unanswered.”
It should be noted that in a recent interview with Al Jazeera, Velayati stated that Iran and its regional allies would respond to any US attack with harsh retaliation, adding that Tehran would not change its policies in Iraq and Syria due to US threats. He added that US President Donald Trump must complete the American withdrawal from the region which was initiated by his predecessor Barrack Obama.
Responding to a question about Trumps threat to use the military option against Iran after its recent missile tests, Velayati described the US President’s threats as empty and meaningless, saying that they were simply a statement of US policy in the guise of a threat.
The senior Iranian official stressed that Iran would continue its missile program “at all costs” and that this issue is wholly non-negotiable.
Referring to the Trump administration’s announcement that it will include the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on its list of terrorist entities, Velayati said that the IRGC is a crucial pillar of the Iranian regime, warning that any US move would increase the state’s support for it.
He added that the IRGC will continue with its current policies in support of what he described as the “legitimate governments” in Iraq and Syria and of the “resistance” in Lebanon, a reference to the terror group Hezbollah.
Ayatollah Khamenei has volubly condemned Trump’s “threats”, saying that they do not scare Iran and that the new US President has “revealed the true face of America.”
Relations between Washington and Tehran have grown strained since President Trump’s arrival in the White House, growing even more tense since a recent statement by him on Twitter asserting that Iran is “playing with fire”, and stating that the Iranians don’t appreciate how good his predecessor Barrack Obama was to them, warning that he will not be like Obama.