Mar 22, 2019 17:59 Asia/Tehran
  • Tehran Friday Prayers Leader likens INSTEX to bitter joke
    Tehran Friday Prayers Leader likens INSTEX to bitter joke

Tehran Friday Prayers Leader said that the financial mechanism established by European countries dubbed as INSTEX is like a ‘bitter joke’.

Iran Press/Iran news: Addressing the Friday prayers sermon in Tehran, Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami criticised French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's recent comment, saying that the French official is lying about efforts to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA ) after the US exit.

Le Drian said on Thursday that European counties’ efforts to keep JCPOA alive is not a ‘blank check’ for Iran with regard to human rights violation claims, Mehr News agency reported.

“Shame on you! You kill and blind your own people and then talk about human rights? … Do you even understand what human rights is? You are at the frontline of violating human rights,” senior Iranian cleric noted, adding that Iran does not want any blank check and will resist safeguarding its interests.

In late January 2018, European signatories of JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) announced the establishment of a special trade mechanism dubbed as INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) in a bid to save JCPOA after the withdrawal of the United States from it.

Elsewhere Ayatollah Khatami also touched upon the Christchurch terror attack in New Zealand which claimed lives of 50 Muslims while they were peacefully saying prayers last Friday.

The terrorist himself clearly said that he is a racist and a follower of Trump, Khatami added.

He also condemned western countries for not labelling the attack as an act of terror, saying, “if Muslims are killed, they will not call it a terrorist attack, but if their dogs or cats are killed, they label it as a terrorist attack.”104/213

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