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Khamenei Sees No Hope of Europe Salvaging Iran Nuclear Deal

  • Top leader signals patience is running out in Tehran
  • European powers still attempting to shore up troubled pact
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 

Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP Photo

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Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Iran should stop pinning its hopes on Europe saving the international nuclear deal battered by the U.S. withdrawal, as he signaled his nation too may exit the agreement.

“There is no problem with continuing relations and negotiations with Europe, but hope should be abandoned regarding matters such as the nuclear deal,” Khamenei said in a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani and members of his cabinet, according to the leader’s website. The accord “is not an end but a means and naturally, if we get to the conclusion that this tool doesn’t allow us to stand by our national interests, we will set it aside.”