In a letter to President Hasan Rouhani, Imam Khamenei delivered his verdict on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached last July between Iran, the U.S. and five other powers, and laid down his conditions for acceptance.
“During the eight-year period imposition of any sanctions at any level and under any pretexts (including the repeated and fabricated pretexts of terrorism and human rights) by any of the negotiating countries [the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany] will be considered a violation of the JCPOA,” he wrote.
This would therefore oblige the government to “stop JCPOA activities,” he added.
Another stipulation laid down by Imam Khamenei in the letter to President Rouhani is that U.S. and European Union sanctions must be terminated, not merely suspended.
He wrote that the “removal of unjust economic and financial sanctions” was Iran’s objective in entering the talks. Therefore Tehran’s compliance with the agreement would be tied to “guarantees,” including a written declaration by the American president and the E.U. “that these sanctions will be fully lifted.”
‘Boring negotiations’ and ‘flip-flopping’
Imam Khamenei said the agreement contains “numerous ambiguities and structural weaknesses that could inflict big damage on the present and the future of the country in the absence of meticulous and constant monitoring.”
In the letter he also underlined, again, the low regard in which he holds the U.S.
“[Y]ou must have naturally realized that the government of the United States of America, neither in the nuclear issue nor in any other issue, had been pursuing no other approach but hostility and disturbance, and is unlikely to do otherwise in the future either,” he told President Rouhani.
“The behavior and words of the U.S. government in the nuclear issue and its prolonged and boring negotiations showed that this (nuclear issue) was also another link in their chain of hostile enmity with the Islamic Republic,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He further accused the U.S. of “flip-flopping,” failing to comply with its pledges during the negotiations, aligning “with the demands of the Zionist regime,” and “bullying diplomacy.”
All of that, he said, was “indicative of the fact that the U.S.’s deceitful involvement in the nuclear negotiations has been done not with the intention of a fair settlement, but with the ill intention of pushing ahead with its hostile objectives about the Islamic Republic.”
Towards the end of the letter, Imam Khamenei advised President Rouhani to be careful, once sanctions are lifted, to avoid an influx of American imports.
“You should also watch out so that unbridled imports would not follow the lifting of sanctions, and particularly importing any consumer materials from the U.S. must be seriously avoided,” he warned.