Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani dismissed possibility of Tehran’s talks with Washington, warning Washington that it will be forced to pay more costs because of its increased threats to Iran.
“The enemies seek to hit a blow and damage us and our country’s security through pressures and economic sanctions, and they use all their capacities to this end. But today, enemy’s costs go higher to the very same degree that it poses threats,” General Soleimani said, addressing a forum of Law Enforcement Police commanders and officials in Tehran on Monday.
“The enemy wants to make us sit to the negotiating table by economic pressures and such a negotiation is an instance of surrendering, but our people are vigilant and wise and believe that negotiation with the enemy under the present circumstances means complete surrendering and we will definitely not accept this humiliation,” he added.
General Soleimani explained that the US and its allies do not have any powerful stream in the West and East Asia and rely on illegitimate governments, saying that Iran is now a powerful country at high levels of maturity in military and security fields.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani downplayed the effects of Washington’s decision to end sanctions waivers on Iran’s oil sales, and dismissed talks with the US administration which uses the language of threat and force to demand negotiations.
“We have always been people who favor talks and diplomacy as we are people of war and defense. Negotiations will be possible when all pressures are taken off, they (the US) apologize for their illegal measures and when there is mutual respect. Undoubtedly, demands by a knife-stabbing person who lies and is using force to hold talks is not accepted and we do not negotiate with a knife-stabbing person and with the formula of knife-stabbing, as accepting such negotiations means humiliation and surrender,” President Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran.
He said that the US was no way ready for negotiations, reminding that Washington’s 4-decade-long plots against the Iranian nation had all ended in fiasco and failure for the White House.
“And they will fail in their plots again,” Rouhani underscored.
He played down the US threats to zero Iran’s oil exports, saying, “This is not possible and we will sell our oil in different ways, while this move by the US is an oppression against all the world nations, international oil firms and even its own nation.”
President Rouhani said Iran was pleased with all its neighbors, except Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and sent them a tacit warning. “They should note their acts and behavior. Saudi Arabia and the UAE should know that they have survived because of the wise decision made by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s government.”
He explained that when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein occupied Kuwait in 1990s he sent a message to demand Iran’s cooperation with Baghdad in occupation of other Persian Gulf Arab states, but his offer was turned down by Iran.
“It was the Islamic Republic of Iran which saved Saudi Arabia; had we made another decision in that period of time, there would have been no sign of Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” Rouhani said.
He blasted Riyadh and Doha for their collaboration with the US in pressuring Iran through compensating for Iran’s production share to be lost under the new US decision.
“You know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is the main regional power and if it changes its decision, it will bring it into action; therefore, you must choose a path beneficial to the regional and world nations and the market,” President Rouhani said.