Iranian lawmakers lit a paper US flag on fire at parliament Wednesday after US President Donald Trump’s nuclear deal pullout, shouting “Death to America!”
Lawmakers held the impromptu demonstration the day after Trump’s decision. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal.
However, the demonstration reflected public anger in Iran after Trump’s decision.
Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Iran could return to its nuclear program but would hold off at first on withdrawing from the nuclear pact.
“With a national consensus, we will give the US and Zionists a response that they will regret,” he said, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.
Larijani also called Trump an “egotistical and amateurish politician,” for exiting the deal.
“Aren’t such idiotic measures shameful for a country with a claim on global management that even its allies are trying to stop him from taking them and control him?” he asked, according to Mehr
“Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues,” Larijani said according to Reuters, citing Mizan, the website of the Iranian judiciary.
Images shown on various Iranian media showed an MP brandishing the paper flag and burning it in the centre of the parliament chamber.
A conservative lawmaker, Mojtaba Zolnour, joined him and burned a copy of the nuclear agreement.
Several dozen deputies joined them in shouting “Death to America”, a favoured slogan of Iranian conservatives.
“Be careful not to burn down the parliament,” speaker Ali Larijani said from the podium.
Iranian officials have condemned Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 deal, which had lifted sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s nuclear programme.