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Ayatollah Khamenei referred to what he called "the fundamental, deep and constant enmity" of the United States towards the Islamic Republic and said Iran would definitely defeat the U.S. if Iranian officials fulfill their duty.

"The US has tried various political, economic, military and propaganda undertakings to hit the Islamic Republic" throughout its four decades, the nation's top religious leader told a gathering of officials on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.

Khamenei made the remarks two days after a speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in which he threatened to impose the toughest sanctions on Iran if the Islamic state does not change its course of action domestically and regionally.

Mr Pompeo called the 2015 deal a "loser" and a "bad bet for the US, Europe and the world", saying it had allowed Iran to increase its malign influence across the Middle East on the back of funding from renewed trade with the West.

The UK, France and Germany, meanwhile, have been trying to keep the deal alive, and Iran says it will restart its nuclear programme unless its concerns are met.

"Ayatollah Khamenei said that the second experience was the deep animosity of the U.S. towards Iran, adding that Iran's nuclear program was not at the heart of USA enmity towards the country but the Islamic establishment that has stood up to it, noting", The United States wants to eliminate the components of power in the Islamic Republic".

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Iran's top leader set out a series of conditions on Wednesday for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in a nuclear deal after the U.S. exit, including steps to safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantee its oil sales.

He said: "We can not let the United States flout worldwide law, their behaviour towards Iran is unacceptable".

The demands include providing what Pompeo described as "unqualified access to all sites" in the country to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the cessation of support for groups like Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Also on May 23, France's foreign minister said Paris would continue to implement the accord even if it did agree with the USA that Iran's activities needed to be curbed.

All of the above signatories pledged to honour their commitments under the deal. These US sanctions are not acceptable.

Cease-fire deals announced as part of the Minsk accords - September 2014 and February 2015 pacts aimed to resolve the conflict - have failed to hold.

The deal was agreed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, France, China and Russian Federation - plus Germany.

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