1108 GMT November 22, 2019
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the total termination of sanctions is one of the national demands, adding that the issue is very important and all sanctions must be lifted on the same day of signing the deal, IRNA reported.
However, US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said on Thursday sanctions on Iran will be lifted in stages as a nuclear deal is implemented.
"We're not going to respond to every public statement made by Iranian officials or negotiate in public," Jeff Rathke said.
"Sanctions will be suspended in a phased manner upon verification that Iran has met specific commitments under a finalized joint comprehensive plan of action."
The Leader said it is the very specifics of nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers that would determine the fate of the talks.
Ayatollah Khamenei said he has always supported and will support Iran's nuclear negotiating team, though he was not optimistic about the outcome.
“I have reminded the president (Rouhani) and at times the foreign minister about major issues, frameworks and redlines but the details were within their own authority,” he said, stressing that everything lies in the details.
“The other side, which is known for backpedaling on its commitments, may want to corner our country when it comes to the specifics [of the negotiations],” he said.
“So, it is pointless congratulating me and others at this point.”
Ayatollah Khamenei suggested that what has been done so far cannot ensure a final deal.
“What has been done so far neither guarantees [the clinching of] an agreement itself and its contents, nor ensures that the negotiations would proceed to the end,” he said.
The Leader underlined that any deal would have to “ensure the interests and dignity of the [Iranian] nation”.
Iran and P5+1 group of countries – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – reached a mutual understanding on Tehran’s nuclear program after eight days of marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week.
The two sides will now work on drawing up a final accord by the end of the self-designated July 1 deadline.
Touching upon the developments in Yemen, the Leader denounced the Saudi aggression against the Arab country as a “mistake,” saying the invasion has “set a bad precedent in the region.”
“The Saudi aggression against Yemen compares to Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza,” he said, slamming Riyadh’s attacks against the Yemeni people as a “crime and genocide” that could be prosecuted in international courts.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the aggression against Yemen will be to the detriment of Saudi Arabia, adding that Riyadh will, by no means, emerge victorious in its aggression.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched upon Washington’s backing for Saudi Arabia in attacking Yemen, and noted that the US always sides with the oppressor rather that the oppressed.
The Leader strongly denied the allegation that Iran is interfering in Yemen, taking a swipe at the Saudi-led air campaign against the Arab country which has “made the skies over Yemen unsafe”.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the “ill-wishers” hatching plots against Yemen have sought to create a power vacuum in the country like what happened in Libya, but “they have failed to achieve this objective”.