Leader of Islamic Ummah Imam Khamenei Rejects Continued N. Talks under Threat
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed the US war rhetoric against Iran as empty, boastful remarks, but meantime, warned that Tehran would not negotiate under threat.
“This is not acceptable that the opposite side continues making threats simultaneous with the talks,” the Supreme Leader said, addressing a public meeting with teachers here in Tehran on Wednesday.
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei further noted the remarks made by two US officials in recent days who had alleged that military threats against Iran are still alive, and said, “Negotiation under the ghost of a threat is meaningless and the Iranian nation does not tolerate negotiation under the shadow of threat.”
“First of all, you can’t do a damn thing,” Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said in response to the two US officials, and added, “Secondly, as I had already stated during the term of the former US president, the era of hit-and-run attacks is gone and the Iranian nation will not let go anyone intending to make an aggression” against it.
Meantime, Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the US needs the nuclear talks, at least, as much as Iran does, and pointed out that Iran is willing to put an end to the sanctions, while the US officials need to leave a legacy behind as “they are deeply in need to make this claim that they have made Iran sit to the negotiating table and imposed certain points on it”.
The Supreme Leader underlined that now everyone in Iran knows pretty well that the country’s economic problems are not resolved through the removal of the sanctions, “rather resolving economic problems requires our own planning, will and ability, no matter the sanctions are in place or not”.
“Of course, if the sanctions are removed, the economic problems could be solved more easily, but their resolution will be possible if the sanctions continue,” the Supreme Leader added.
The Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei further reminded the country’s team of negotiators once again to pay good heed to the redlines, “but never allow the other side to impose its will, exercise force, humiliate or threaten you”.
US Secretary of State John Kerry in a charm offensive to rebuild ties with Israel over the Iran policy said recently that military action is still among possible options for Washington.