Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Khamenei Strongly Rejects Talks with US over Regional Issues
“The Americans are insisting that we hold talks with them on the West Asian issues, specially Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen; what is their real objective behind these demands for talks? They have no goal but preventing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s presence in the region as the main cause of the US failures,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders and officials in Tehran on Sunday.
He reminded of the tricks and clear enmity shown by the Americans towards Iran during the nuclear talks, and said, “Wisdom requires that we mistrust completely those who have clearly displayed their animosity.”
Stressing that negotiations with the US bear no fruit, but harm for Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said such talks are only meant to open the path for the US influence in Iran.
He underlined that “one of the most important parts of the Islamic Republic’s soft power is its complete distrust of the hegemonic powers, headed by the US”, and said this mistrust should increase day by day.
Ayatollah Khamenei rejected claims that nuclear talks helped defuse threats against Iran, stressing that the enemies have given up threats against Iran because of its “defensive and military power” and their fear of the outcome of any belligerent act against the Islamic Republic.
Owing to the same fact, he said, Iran’s defense and military power should be promoted in future.
He also addressed certain regional states, and said, “If you don’t keep vigilant and don’t understand the tricks of the US hegemonic system and become fooled by their smile, you will possibly come to experience a 50 or 100-year backwardness.”
The Supreme Leader underscored the necessity for the Iranian officials’ vigilance against enemies’ plots to influence and impose their hegemony on the country.
In relevant remarks last month, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the experience of negotiations with Washington on the nuclear issue and the other side’s disloyalty to its undertakings proved that the US governments can never be trusted in any respect.
“This experience teaches us that promises by no US government can be trusted and nothing concrete should be done in lieu of their promises,” he said in a meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet ministers in Tehran.
“My criticism pertains to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), non-commitment and the evilness of the other side and it has nothing to do with our own officials because the negotiators have made round-the-clock efforts at their best and we appreciate these efforts,” the Supreme Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei endorsed President Rouhani’s active foreign diplomacy, but meantime reminded that Iran’s diplomatic efforts should be balanced and directed at expanding relations with all the world states.
The Supreme Leader reiterated that Asia, Africa and Latin America should have their proper share in Iran’s foreign policy.
Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the need for adopting active stances in the country’s foreign diplomacy, and said, “In areas such as regional issues which are very complicated and intertwined, we should enter the scene with precision, vigilance, power of thought, actively and effectively.”
The Supreme Leader, meantime, underlined the need for using the diplomatic capacities for the country’s economic progress.
Ayatollah Khamenei also warned that Iranian officials should never be fooled by the positive words and complements of the opposite sides, and said, “The only thing which can be trusted in area diplomacy is stable, definite, endorsed and reasonable action.”
The Supreme Leader further pointed to Iran’s military and security bodies as another major contributor to the country’s rigid and strong security shield, and reiterated that “such organizations should always be assisted and encouraged”.
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the country’s defense equipment and capabilities as a major and necessary contributor to Iran’s security shield, and said, “The enemy is worried about Iran’s increasing defense and missile capabilities; hence boosting the country’s defense capabilities be should helped and supported.”
Also in August, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the experience of negotiations with Washington on the nuclear issue and the other side’s disloyalty to its undertakings proved that talks with the US on the regional issues is a “lethal poison”.
“They (the Americans) want us to negotiate with them on the regional issues but the nuclear deal experience tells us that this (talks with the US) is a lethal poison and we cannot trust the Americans’ words in any issue,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large gathering of Iranian people from all walks of life in Tehran.
Noting that the regional problems and challenges between Iran and the US are insolvable through negotiations, he said, “The Americans want to take everything in return for nothing. Negotiations with such a government mean diversion from the correct path of the country’s progress, making repeated concessions and bearing their bullying, violations and disloyalty in practice.”
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the American officials’ letters to Iran in recent years in which they showed respect and interest in cooperation with Tehran, and said, “We said two years ago that the nation will see the nuclear talks as an experience to see what the Americans would do in practice and now it has become clear that they are still busy with plots and destructive measures.”
Noting that 6 months has passed since the start of the implementation of the nuclear deal with no tangible change in the Iranian people’s everyday lives, he said, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an experience proved again the fruitlessness of negotiations with the Americans, their disloyalty and the necessity for distrusting the US promises and showed that the way for the country’s progress and improving people’s living conditions is paying attention to the domestic potentials and not the enemies who are continuously rocking the boat for Iran in the region and the world.”