Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
Iran nuclear talks in Vienna Reuters

Iran's foreign ministry said on Friday that the United States had no option but to strike a nuclear deal with Tehran, after a Republican bid to block the agreement failed, AFP reports.

President Barack Obama hailed as a "victory for diplomacy" Thursday's Senate vote during which a Democratic minority staved off the bid to sink the nuclear deal.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, however, played down his comments saying it was "explicitly paradoxical," the official IRNA news agency reported.

She said the United States "was forced into negotiating" the deal with Iran due do the "failure of the U.S. policy of sanctions and threats".

"The U.S. president, fruitlessly, tries to claim the results of the nuclear negotiations, but the truth is ... the U.S. had no alternative but giving up its excessive demands," Afkham claimed, according to AFP.

"The world would definitely be safer when the U.S. administration ends its authoritarian behavior and prevents the destabilizing and warmongering actions by its allies," she added.

Afkham was taking a jibe at Obama who also said that the Senate vote was a "victory... for the safety and security of the world".

Even after the signing of the deal with the West, Iranian leaders have continued their anti-Western rhetoric. The Islamic Republic has continued to gloat over what it sees as western powers’ "surrender" to Iran by agreeing to the agreement.

The country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has continued to verbally attack Israel and the United States.

Recently, Khamenei went so far as to publish a new book on the topic of outwitting the United States and destroying Israel. Earlier this week, he once again referred to the United States as the “Great Satan” and also said that Israel would cease to exist within 25 years.

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