Trump has shown 'real face of America' - Iran leader

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei dismisses new threats and sanctions by U.S. President Donald Trump in his first remarks since the latter's inauguration. Matthew Larotonda reports....

It's the first response from Iran's supreme leader since U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn into office almost a month ago.

Dismissing the man who's threatened to overturn what the Obama administration considered a diplomatic achievement for the rival nations.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei telling his military that Trump has shown the "real face of America", according to his website.

And that Trump "confirmed what we have been saying for more than 30 years" about "corruption in the U.S." government.

As a candidate Trump often suggested he'd withdraw from the six-nation agreement, concluded in 2015, for Iran to curb its nuclear programme, in exchange for lifting sanctions.

The rift with Tehran opening almost immediately after he took office.

Starting with his executive order banning refugees and visa holders from Iran and six other Muslim-majority nations.

After Iran responded with very public missile tests and military drills, they were hit with fresh sanctions last week.

Trump warning Tehran was "playing with fire".

The frosty relationship between the countries had warmed somewhat during the Barack Obama presidency.

They remained at odds over the war in Syria.

But the nuclear deal was seen as a milestone.

Iran's president staging a robust defense of it on Tuesday.


"This deal is a win-win. This deal benefits everyone. It benefits the region [...] This nuclear negotiation can set an example for dozens of other negotiations that will lead to security and stability."


The White House says the test violated the spirit of the deal, if not the letter.

Now sources familiar with U.S. strategy are telling us Trump isn't likely to dismantle the agreement outright, but may seek to renegotiate key aspects.

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