“No Difference between Obama, Trump”
“I think that there is no difference between Obama and Trump in nature with regard to the nuclear issue,” Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday.
Noting that Obama used the carrot and stick policy against Iran in the form of diplomatic smile along practicing the policy of containment, he said, “Mr. Trump is also doing what Obama did and the difference is that Trump does things with hues and cries and declares what he intends to do but Obama’s words and behavior were different in that respect.”
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined that Tehran doesn’t feel anxious over the recent positions and threats made by the new US president, adding that Donald Trump will soon come to comprehend the realities.
“The US has adopted any hostile action that it could against Iran so far and the (Iranian) people have stood against the former US administrations’ excessive demands and have not made any concessions,” Qassemi said in an interview with the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel.
“We are not so much concerned about Trump because they will finally understand the realities of Iran and its power in the region,” he added.
Qassemi underscored that were the US able to implement its aggressive plots against Iran, it would do them already.
Also in February, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in sarcastic remarks to the US president thanked Trump for showing the true face of his country to the world, and meantime told him that Iranians are too powerful to be intimidated by his threats.
“We are not thankful of that (Obama’s) administration at all because it imposed heavy sanctions (against Tehran) with the aim of crippling the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic and of course, it didn’t attain its goal as no other enemy will be able to cripple this great nation either,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran, addressing the Army’s Air Force and Air Defense commanders and personnel.
“Why should we thank the former US administration? For the anti-Iran sanctions? For the creation of the ISIL? For setting fire on Syria and Iraq? Or for their hypocrisy, that is they express sincerity and tendency for cooperation in a private letter but show clear support for sedition (unrests) after the 2009 (presidential) election?” he added in reaction to Trump’s comments that Tehran should thank the Obama administration.
“These are instances of the same velvet glove worn by the former US administration over its iron clad,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He also blasted Trump’s recent remarks that the Iranians should fear him, and said, “Iranians don’t fear threats.”
Ayatolllah Khamenei, meantime, thanked Trump for showing Washington’s real face to the world, and said he proved the correctness of Iran’s warnings about the political, economic, social and moral corruption in the US ruling system.