Iran’s supreme leader said Friday that the Islamic Republic’s nuclear deal with world powers was “dead” and that there was no point “in trying to resurrect it.”
Speaking at the country’s highest court, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the agreement, signed in 2015, would “leave Iran with no other option but to accept the reality of its position” in the Middle East.
The Supreme Leader of Iran’s Islamic Republic said that the agreement was “designed to destroy Iran’s national security and its regional and international position,” according to a statement carried by state news agency IRNA.
The announcement comes as US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would not seek a second term in office in 2020, ending the longest period of presidential office for a sitting US president.
The U.S. and other world powers agreed in 2015 to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.
But Iran has repeatedly sought a lifting of sanctions, which the international community has accused of crippling the country.
The country’s leaders have said the accord is a way to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons, and the U.N. Security Council has said Iran is not complying with the terms.