Iran's supreme leader accused European governments of "hostility" Thursday, saying Tehran "should give up all hope" in seeking their help to confront US sanctions.
"Despite their promises, the Europeans have practically adhered to America's sanctions and have not taken any action and are unlikely to do anything for the Islamic Republic in the future. So one should give up all hope on Europeans," Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying.
"There should be no trust in countries that have held the banner of hostility to (Iran's) Islamic system, led by the United States and some European countries, because they are openly hostile to the Iranian people," Khamenei said.
Britain, France and Germany, parties to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, have tried to set up a trade mechanism to barter humanitarian and food goods with Iran after the United States withdrew from the deal last year and re-imposed sanctions. But the mechanism is still not operational.
Iran has repeatedly said it will ramp up its nuclear activities unless the European countries do more to protect its economy from the impact of the US sanctions.
In his UN speech on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump described Iran as "one of the greatest threats" to the planet.