“The Iranian nation will not be deceived by ostensibly conciliatory remarks and will never comprise on its independence, freedom, national interests, and rights,” he said in a meeting with students in Tehran on Tuesday.
He made the remarks a day before the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, which occurred on November 4, 1979.
“Every time the Americans smiled (at Iran)… it turned out that they were also holding a dagger behind their backs, and their intention has not changed,” he stated.
“If the country’s officials are intelligent, experienced, and concerned about national interests, they will not be tricked by these smiles,” he said.
The United States should not pin its hopes on certain incidents that occurred after the June 12 presidential election because the Islamic Republic of Iran has deep roots, and the Islamic system can weather much heavier storms, the Supreme Leader stated.
Commenting on U.S. President Barack Obama’s New Year message to Iran in March, he said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran decided from the very beginning not to prejudge and to (wait and) see if the slogan of change was put into practice, but in this period, whatever was done was the opposite of what was said,” he added.
Imam Khamenei said that in the struggle against the global arrogance, the motivation inspired by faith is the main tool since no one can force a nation to resist in difficult situations.
Arrogance means that a power or certain powers interfere in other countries’ internal affairs through their financial, military, and propaganda apparatuses as if they own these countries, he added.
Soon after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, instead of apologizing to the Iranian nation and compensating for the damage it had done to the country, the U.S. began conspiring against the Iranian nation and the Islamic system, he said.
And the U.S. embassy in Tehran was turned into a center for espionage activities and conspiring against Iran, he noted.
In the struggle against the global arrogance, the younger generation is not less motivated than the generation of the Islamic Revolution, and it is necessary to make a distinction between a few revolutionaries who are regretful about their past and the rest of the nation and the youth, he observed.