Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded on Thursday to the letter sent by Senate Republicans designed to undermine President Obama’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with the country.
Democrats and supporters of the negotiations including Vice President Joe Biden criticized the letter, which was signed by 47 senators. The unprecedented letter suggested that Iranians do not understand American politics, and was heavily criticized for its seemingly condescending tone.
Khamenei slammed the letter in a statement posted on his website.
“All countries, according to the international norms, remain faithful to their commitments even after their governments change, but the American senators are officially announcing that at the end of the term of their current government, their commitments will be considered null and void,” he wrote. “They [the Republican senators] said they want to teach us their own laws but we don’t need their lessons, our officials know how to make agreements binding if there’s a deal.”
Khamenei said that the letter “indicates the collapse of political ethics in the United States.”
Since the letter was sent, many have distanced themselves from it – including some conservative media sources.
“What’s the point in writing to the Iranian mullahs?” Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked Senator Tom Cotton. “They dismissed it already. You’ve offended the Obama administration and you may have offended some of the Democrats who would have come over with the Republicans depending on what happens with this deal, to have a stronger say in the Senate.”
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