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Leader Imam Ayatollah Khamenei: Objection to Talks Aimed at Preventing US Influence in Iran

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that one of the reasons he has voiced objection to bilateral talks with Washington was blocking the United States' infiltration and influence over Iran.

“This rational way closes the Americans’ way to infiltrate into Iran again, proves Iran’s real awe and might to the world and ruins the other side’s hollow awe before the world,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran on Sunday on the occasion of Aban (the 8th Iranian month) 13 (November 4) which marks the anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Tehran in 1979 (an event dubbed as ‘the National Day of Fighting Arrogance’). 

He noted that the Americans have for years been asking for negotiations with the Iranian officials, saying, “Talks with the Americans will yield no results because certainly, they will not compromise.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said American officials believe that if their Iranian counterparts sit to the negotiation, it would mean that they have been brought to their knees, and added negotiations with the Americans do not decrease pressures and sanctions but they will open way for Washington to officially raise its demands.

He stressed Iran’s military power and its possession of 2,000km-range missiles with the high precision-striking power of one meter, warning that the US wants to disarm the country of such missiles.

Ayatollah Khamenei reminded that the talks between the US and North Korean leaders have failed to reduce sanctions against Pyongyang.

He also pointed to French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks that the Iranian officials’ meeting with US President Donald Trump can resolve all problems in Iran, and said, “This person is either very simple-minded or a collaborator with the Americans.”

He also referred to his recent remarks that if the US removes all sanctions against Iran, it can participate in talks with the country within the framework of the Group 5+1, and said, “I knew that they would not accept it and it turned out to be so.”

“The US has not changed since November 1964 when its puppet regime exiled our beloved Imam Khomeini. The same aggressive, vicious behavior and the same international dictatorship has continued. Today it has become weaker than in 1964, but it has become more brutal and impudent,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“The Americans distort history and pretend that the Iran-US disputes stem from the takeover of the US embassy. No. It goes back to the 1953 coup d’état, when the US overthrew a national government – which, of course, had made the mistake of trusting the United States – and established its corrupt and puppet government in Iran,” he added.

“After the victory of the Revolution, during the last 41 years, the US has carried out all the hostile actions it knew against the Iranian people, including coups, ethnic provocations, arousing separatism, sanctions, sieges, etc. Of course, we were not inactive and did everything we could to confront the US; and in many cases, we managed to corner them,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“Our most important confrontation with the United States was to block the way for American political re-infiltration into our country’s foundation. Avoiding negotiations is also one of the ways to block American infiltration. It means that there is a nation in the world that does not recognize the usurpation, tyrannical power, and international dictatorship of the US,” he underlined.

Ayatollah Khamenei had on September 17 downplayed the impacts of Washington’s maximum pressure policy against Iran, saying that Tehran would not negotiate with the US at any level as long as it did not return to the nuclear deal.

“The policy of maximum pressure is not worth a penny to the Iranian nation and all officials of the Islamic Republic stand united in believing that there won’t be any talks with the US at any level,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran.

He described the US offer talks with Iran as a deceptive move to impose its will on the Muslim nation and prove the effectiveness of maximum pressure on the country, and said, “Everyone should know and take note that it is a trick.”

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to contradictory positions taken by the US officials on talks with Iran, and said, “Sometimes, they speak of unconditional negotiations and sometimes, they say negotiation with 12 conditions. Such remarks are either the result of chaos in their policy or a trick to confuse the opposite side. Of course, the Islamic Republic will not become confused because our path is clear and we know what we are doing.”

He further reiterated that the Americans are not looking for fair solution to the problems through talks, but only mean to impose their insolent demands. “I had already stated that the US goal for talks (with Iran) is imposing its will but they have become so insolent that today they speak of this reality themselves.”

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to some recent remarks by a US official who had said that the Americans should force Iran to the negotiating table to inform it of its dictates, and said, “To have this kind of negotiations, they should go to their milking cows (alluding to certain Persian Gulf Arab states). The Islamic Republic is the Republic of Muslims and honor.”

He underlined that the US administration is pursuing the policy of maximum pressure against Iran through different sanctions and threats because the current US administration believes that they cannot bring the Islamic Republic to its knees with compliments.

“The US regime is after convincing both its internal rivals and the Europeans that maximum pressure is the ultimate policy and the only way to confront Iran,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He warned that once the US succeeds in proving that maximum pressure is the only way to confront Iran, the Iranian nation will never again live in tranquility as Washington will continue to raise excessive demands when it sees that its pressure policy works.

“We should prove that the maximum pressure policy against the Iranian nation is not worth a penny,” the Leader stressed.

He warned that talks with the US means imposition of their will on the Islamic Republic and a display of the success of the US maximum pressure policy. “This is the reason why the country’s officials from the president, the foreign minister and others have all stood united to declare that we will not negotiate with the US neither bilaterally nor multilaterally.”

Ayatollah Khamenei, meantime, said that if the US withdraws from its present stance and returns to the nuclear deal, then it can participate in the meetings held within the framework of the nuclear deal alongside other members, “otherwise, no negotiations at any level will be held between the Islamic Republic officials and the Americans, neither in New York (on the sidelines of the UN meeting) nor in any other place.”

He reminded failure of plots against Iran in the past 40 years, and ensured that the Islamic Republic will eventually come to embrace victory in battle against other schemes in future.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that the door of talks with other world nations is not closed, advising the Iranian officials to use all possibilities in the world but mainly take assistance from people inside the country to resolve the problems.

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