Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei argued that "the Americans failed in their maximum pressure policy. They assumed if they apply the policy of maximum pressure on Iran, Iran would accept to compromise with them. To this moment... they learned maximum pressure only afflicted themselves with problems". On the nuclear deal, Khamenei asserted that "we will seriously continue to reduce our commitments; the [Iranian] Atomic Energy Organisation is responsible here, and should carefully and completely enact all the reduction of commitments that the Islamic Republic has declared, until we reach the desired results". In related comments, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif indicated that "our [diplomatic] efforts will continue through various channels; at the same time, we are firm on our position that if Europe fails to live up to its commitments to the nuclear deal, we will carry on with our own measures".
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