WEB DESK: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised address on the occasion of the Iranian New year that the US was seeking to undermine Iran’s banks.
He said that the the US was reneging on the West’s nuclear deal with Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei was speaking in the religious city of Mashdad on the first day of the Iranian new year (Nowruz).
The US imposed sanctions on Iranian companies and individuals in response to ballistic missile tests carried out after international sanctions were lifted as part of the deal.
Iran carried out more tests in March.
Iran says its missiles are for use solely as a conventional deterrent.
It says it has ballistic missiles with a range of 2,000km (1,250 miles), which means they would be capable of reaching Israel and US military bases in the Middle East.
Khamenei said the US continued to use its position as a superpower to put pressure on Iran.
“Our banking transactions in all Western countries – and other countries affected by them – face problems.” Mr Khamenei said, blaming the Americans for the problems faced by Iranian banks.
And he complained contenders for the US presidency who had “competed to vilify Iran in their speeches” – which was “a sign of hostility”.