Iran's supreme leader calls EU mechanism for trade with Tehran 'bitter joke'

Iran's supreme leader calls EU mechanism for trade with Tehran 'bitter joke'

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that the European Union had essentially withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, and the trade mechanism it created to allow companies to bypass US sanctions and continue trading with Iranian entities looked like "a bitter joke," Sputnik reports.

"It's been repeated recently that Europeans have created #instex [the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges] financial channel. This is more like a joke, a bitter joke. What they're responsible to do is totally different from what they're doing. Once again, Europeans stabbed us in the back. We can't expect them anything," Khamenei said in a statement released on Twitter.

According to Khamenei, EU states, instead of showing opposition to the US decision to withdraw from the deal, in practice, have withdrawn themselves from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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