The Leader, who said “I see no merit in Trump as a person to deserve the exchange of any messages, and I do not have any answer for him and will not give him any either”, acted based on Islamic teachings, Ayatollah Khatami said, addressing a gathering of worshippers in Tehran on Friday.
Ayatollah Khamenei’s response is based on the instructions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he said, adding that “arrogant” persons should be humiliated and Trump deserved such response by the Leader.
The cleric further pointed to a recent report by The Washington Post Fact Checker, and said according to the report by the American media outlet, Trump has told more than 10,000 lies since he took office.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe held a meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran on Thursday morning.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Japanese prime minister said he intended to relay a message to Iran from US President Donald Trump.
In response, Ayatollah Khamenei told Abe, “We have no doubts about your goodwill and seriousness, but with regard to what you relayed from the US president, I see no merit in Trump as a person to deserve the exchange of any messages, and I do not have any answer for him and will not give him any either.”
As regards the Japanese premier’s comments about Trump’s assertion that Washington does not seek a regime change in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran’s problem with the US does not relate to the issue of regime change, although the US would never achieve such an objective even if it wanted to.
“Trump’s claim that he does not intend to change the regime (in Iran) is a lie, because he would do this if he was able to, but he can’t,” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.
On the Japanese leader’s message that the US has called for nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Leader said the US once reneged on an agreement that was reached after five to six years of negotiations with the US and Europeans. “So, which wise man would negotiate again with a country that has broken all agreements?”
In response to the Japanese leader’s comments that the US is resolved to prevent Iran from producing nukes, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined, “We are opposed to nuclear weapons and my religious fatwa is that production of nuclear weapons is haram (forbidden), but be mindful that if we ever intended to produce nuclear weapons, the US would not be able to do anything, and the American rejection would not pose any obstacle.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that the US which has a stockpile of thousands of nuclear warheads is in no position to comment about nuclear weapons in the other countries.
In response to Abe’s comments that the US is ready for genuine talks with Iran, the Leader said, “We do not believe it at all, because sincere negotiations would not come from an individual like Trump.”
“Sincerity is very rare among the American officials,” the Leader noted.