Supreme leader: Iran won’t yield to US ‘bullying’

Supreme leader: Iran won’t yield to US ‘bullying’
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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country has been standing against America’s “bullying” efforts for years and urged Muslim countries to resist the United States.

"The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist. ... All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies," Khamenei said, according to a report by Reuters, which cited state media.

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The remarks from the supreme leader come as Iran publicly presses the United States to remain part of the Obama-era nuclear agreement, which provided Tehran with sanctions relief in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said earlier this week that it’s “all or nothing” with the nuclear accord. 

“European leaders should encourage President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more importantly to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith,” Zarif said Monday.

The comments come ahead of a May 12 deadline President Trump imposed for improvements in the deal or for U.S. withdrawal from the accord, which Trump has repeatedly criticized. 

The agreement, know as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was reached in 2015 between Iran, the United States and five other international powers.

Zarif said in an interview broadcast earlier this week that withdrawing from the deal would isolate the U.S.

“Everybody has advised the administration that this is not a bilateral agreement between Iran and the United States and withdrawing from it would be seen by the international community as an indication that the United States is not a reliable partner,” Zarif told CBS’s “Face the Nation."