'Europeans CAN'T be trusted' blasts senior cleric as tensions rise over nuclear

GETTYAyatollah Ahmad Khatami said the US

A hardline Iranian cleric said on Friday that if Israel acts "foolishly", Tel Aviv would be destroyed, according to a state TV report.

"We will expand our missile capabilities despite Western pressure.to let Israel know that if it acts foolishly, Tel Aviv and Haifa will brought down in ruins and totally destroyed", Khatami said in a televised speech at Tehran University.

It said the strikes were in response to rocket fire towards its forces in the occupied Golan Heights, which it blamed on Iran's Quds Force.

Liberman welcomed the effort to turn down the flame.

Iranian state TV on Friday aired footage of protests against the U.S. and Israel at rallies in Tehran and elsewhere after Friday prayers. "We did not come to the Iranian border, they came there and if this message becomes a political reality, then there really is something good coming from the direction". "I hope it's not just intended for outside Iran and that it is a truthful message", he said.

Khatami also stressed that after US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal - known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - the other signatories could not be trusted to continue the deal alone.

"America can not do a damn thing".

He added that there is no reason to be too "boastful" about Israel's successful military achievements in Syria, and also responded to the support received from the USA by saying, "The fact that we can speak both with the White House and the Kremlin and have an open and honest dialogue with them is not something to be taken for granted. Iran's enemies can not be trusted", Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshipers at Tehran University in a speech that was broadcast on Iranian television.

Thousands marched in the protests, carrying anti-US and anti-Israeli banners and posters.

The five remaining signatories are pushing Iran to keep the deal, which they believe prevents it from becoming a nuclear power.

The demonstrators mocked the USA president by chanting, "Mr. Trump you can not do a damn thing", and, "We fight".

"We are putting the harshest, strongest, most stringent sanctions on Iran", Trump said. This includes protection against the United States, should it chose to economically penalize those countries who continue to trade with Iran.

This "disastrous" deal "would have allowed Iran to go right to the brink of nuclear weapons" and "ultimately very quickly have a nuclear weapon", the President said.

He said there would only be a "short period" in which to assess if Iran's interests could still be preserved in concert with the remaining parties to the deal.



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