Iran has always denied seeking an atomic weapon, insisting its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy and medical purposes only.

“I think that the American companies will be welcomed in Iran“, he said, adding, “This is not a game for junior companies, and I call juniors anything below a billion-dollar market cap”.

In a letter to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani following the deal, the ayatollah said the text of the agreement “needs careful scrutiny and must be directed into the defined legal process”. “Still, you’re going to hear a lot of overheated and often dishonest arguments about it in the weeks ahead”, he said. Thus, the alternative to this deal must be an Iranian nuclear program run amok: “No deal means no lasting constraints on Iran’s nuclear program”.

“It is true that it was already said to us… that the United States is ready to examine with us what else should be done in light of the possibility” that an Iran freed of sanctions could boost its military and send more monetary assistance to proxies, Steinitz said. “And there’s a permanent prohibition on Iran ever having a nuclear weapon”, Obama said. And we want the change in behaviour that should follow from that change. “It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks“, Khamenei noted. The Iran- backed Houthi rebels overran Yemen’s capital earlier this year and were targeted by a Saudi airstrike campaign backed by the U.S. In addition, Shiite-led Iran is the most important backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; Saudi Arabia is committed to his removal.

Khamenei, who has the final say in Iran over matters of state, did not suggest any personal resistance to the nuclear deal and noted: “They wanted to dismantle all cogs of our nuclear industry and stop our R&D [research and development], but now they have [to] tolerate our thousands [of] centrifuges and R&D”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly opposed the deal, saying it will enable Iran to emerge from crippling economic sanctions while doing nothing to moderate Iran’s aggressive behavior around the Middle East. This nuclear deal meets the national security interest of the United States and our allies.

The compromise that ultimately won Obama’s approval extended that timetable. “The problem is, Iran is going to get all of that money and the U.S. doesn’t get anything for it”.

Saudi Arabia on Friday sent its foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, to the White House where he received reassurances about the nuclear deal from President Barack Obama.

Further, the deal not only fails to address Iran’s attempts to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles, with which it will eventually be able to fire nuclear weapons at the United States, it actually lifts the arms embargo that prevents it from buying those weapons, and other advanced systems, from Russian Federation and China.