1123 GMT February 22, 2020
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Wednesday reiterated that all plots hatched by the United States have been and will be doomed to fail.
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the statement in his meeting with top officials.
The Leader’s remarks came two days after new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his first major foreign policy address.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Washington has resorted to various types of animosity towards Iran to deal a blow to Iran.”
The US has also used all political, economic, military and propaganda means in a bid to “topple” the Islamic establishment, continued the Leader.
“The incumbent US president’s fate will not be better than those of his predecessors – Bush, Reagan and neocons, and he [Donald Trump] will perish in history,” he said with assurance.
The Leader ruled out any interaction between Tehran and Washington – be it the Trump or previous administrations – because the US does not fulfill its commitments.
The US enmity toward Iran is deep, noted Ayatollah Khamenei, adding its animosity has nothing to do with Tehran’s nuclear program, as Washington is against the Islamic establishment that has stood up to it.
The Leader also assured the officials that resistance will make the US retreat.
Earlier, Iran’s president and foreign minister reacted to Monday’s statements by Pompeo, who unveiled a 12-point list of demands from Iran and threatened the country with the “strongest sanctions in history” if it fails to fulfill them.
President Hassan Rouhani said the US cannot make decisions for Iran and other independent countries.
“All countries want independence in their decisions, and perhaps Americans are able to advance their agenda in some places through pressure, but logic does not accept their decision-making for the world,” Rouhani said on Monday, according to Press TV.
“Today, we must help each other more” because the current US administration has regressed to 15 years ago and is repeating the same remarks made by former US president, George W. Bush, in 2003, he added.
On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said American officials are prisoners of their “pipe dreams” and “corrupt” pressure groups in drawing up their foreign policy agenda, describing this as a sign of Washington’s “bankruptcy.”
The top diplomat said, “Mr. Pompeo’s remarks were so groundless and bereft of civility and logic that they do not warrant an answer.”
In Paris, France’s foreign minister said the US decision to scrap the Iran nuclear deal and implement a tough strategy on the country would endanger the region.
“We disagree with the method because this collection of sanctions which will be set up against Iran will not foster dialogue ... This posture is likely to put the region in further danger than it is today,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told France Inter radio.
He said Paris would continue to implement the agreement.
Deputy foreign ministers of the remaining parties to the accord – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – will meet their Iranian counterpart on Friday in Vienna.
The meeting will assess what can be done to keep the deal and circumvent extraterritorial American sanctions that are impacting foreign business appetite for Iran.
European companies say they are worried about getting caught up in the new US sanctions, given the extent of Washington’s global reach.
“We have another problem, which is the security of our companies and the capacity to give Iran the economic benefits that it can expect,” Le Drian said.