No negotiation with current USA administration, Ayatollah Khamenei says

15 August, 2018, 06:15 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"Beside sanctions, they [the US] talk about war and negotiations", Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a speech published on his official website.

"Negotiations with the USA would definitely harm us and they are forbidden", Khamenei said, adding that the Americans had proven they could not be trusted.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments add to the pressure on President Hassan Rouhani following a collapse in the currency and widespread protests over high prices and corruption. "We have never started a war and they will not confront Iran militarily", he siad.

Washington reimposed strict sanctions against Iran last Tuesday and Trump has threatened to penalise firms from other countries that continue to operate in the Islamic Republic. "War will not happen and we will not enter talks".

There was also a show of military resolve as Defence Minister Amir Hatami unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile and vowed to further boost the country's missile capabilities.

Several European companies have suspended plans to invest in Iran in light of the USA sanctions, including oil major Total as well as carmakers PSA, Renault and Daimler.


Despite renewed sanctions, many Iranians - including many at the highest levels of the establishment - see USA hostility as only a contributing factor to long-standing problems inside the country.

But Khamenei criticised conservatives who called for Rouhani's resignation, saying they were inadvertently "playing into the hands of the enemy". "Negotiation with the bullying and very eager government of the USA means giving it an instrument through which it can add to its hostility", he said.

"The government must stay in office and powerfully carry out its duties to resolve the problems", he said.

Khamenei agreed, saying: "The goal (of the courts) should be to punish those guilty of corrupt economic practices swiftly and justly", the TV added.

Altmaier lauded the agreement reached by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during negotiations with Trump last month, saying the interim deal had saved hundreds of thousands of jobs in Europe.

Khamenei continued, "Economic experts and many officials believe that on this issue the prime agent is not foreign but domestic".

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