The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei questioned the US honesty in its offer of talks, and stressed that talks will be meaningless as long as Washington continues its hostile policy on Iran.
“Through different ways and messages, the Americans try to negotiate with us on the nuclear issue, but I am not optimistic about these talks,” The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei said, addressing Iranian people in Northeastern holy city of Mashhad on Thursday.
“I am not opposed to talks with regard to the nuclear issue, but certain issues must be clarified,” the Supreme Leader said.
The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei pointed to the US claim that they intend to be honest in their talks with Iran, and noted, “We have repeatedly asserted that we do not seek nuclear weapons but you do not believe this honest word; why should we accept your word?”
“Negotiation is an American tactic for deceiving the public opinion and if it is otherwise the Americans should prove it,” the Supreme Leader stated.
The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei pointed to the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), and said that Washington does not want the talks to come to a conclusion.
“With regard to the nuclear issue, Iran only wants the recognition of its rights to enrichment.”
The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei noted that the US seeks to prolong the course of the negotiations in an attempt to “paralyze” the Iranian nation.
“Iran will never be crippled and if the Americans want the issue to be over, there is one simple solution which is the US should put aside its enmity with the Iranian nation.”
The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei pointed out that the enemy seeks to create hurdles through sanctions and threats and downplay Iran’s achievements through propaganda, as its two major strategies against the Iranian nation.
“The center of conspiracy and the basis of hostility with the Iranian nation is the US administration,”The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei noted.
The remarks by the Leader came after US President Barack Obama has laid the blame on Iranian leaders for sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program.
In a message on the occasion of Persian New Year, Obama claimed that Iran is “isolated” because of its failure to convince the world about the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. Obama said that Washington “prefers to resolve this matter peacefully, diplomatically.”
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.