News ID: 254890
Published: 0151 GMT June 26, 2019

Leader: US offer of talks with Iran mere ‘deception’

Leader: US offer of talks with Iran mere ‘deception’

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei dismissed America’s claim about seeking talks with Tehran as a “deception,” saying such an offer is merely aimed at stripping the Iranian nation of its “elements of power.”

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting on Wednesday with staff members of Iran’s Judiciary in Tehran in response to numerous offers of negotiations recently put forward by US President Donald Trump and his hawkish administration officials amid a campaign of “maximum pressure” against the Iranian nation.

“Having failed to achieve its goal through pressure, the enemy is coming forward with an offer of talks — while assuming the Iranian nation is simple-minded — and claims ‘the Iranian nation should make progress,’” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

This nation, the Leader added, will “definitely make progress, but [that will happen] without you and on the condition that you don’t approach it.”

Washington’s offer is, in fact, meant to strip Iran of its weapons and eliminate its elements of power, Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Fearing Iran’s might, the Americans are now attempting to bring the country to the negotiating table so they could take away “this weapon and element of power” and wreak havoc on the nation, the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said in case Tehran accepts the offer and submits to Washington’s demands, the US will then move to harm the nation, and if Iran rejects the offer, the US will keep up its pressure as well as its political and propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic.

The Leader further reaffirmed that the Iranian nation remains unbowed by “cruel sanctions” imposed by the United States and its "insults" and will continue on the path to progress and prosperity.

“The world’s most hated and vicious government — which is itself behind wars, sedition and exploitation of other countries — levels accusations against and hurls insults at the honorable nation of Iran on a daily basis,” the Leader said.

"The Iranian nation seeks dignity, independence and progress; that's why pressures by cruel enemies do not affect Iranians," he said.

"The Iranian nation won't give up over such insults." 

The Leader’s remarks came days after the US imposed new sanctions targeting Ayatollah Khamenei, his office and senior commanders of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Washington is also set to slap bans on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is seen as the architect of a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, which Washington abruptly abandoned last year and reinstated its unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The sanctions followed Iran's downing last week of a US spy drone, worth over $100 million, in its airspace.

Iran warned on Tuesday that the new US sanctions meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington. President Hassan Rouhani derided the White House as being "afflicted by mental retardation."


US not interested in dialogue

A defense source in Paris told CNN that The United States is not interested in pursuing dialogue with Iran despite Trump's insistence he is willing to sit down for talks.

French authorities – among other European nations – continue to search for a way to defuse growing tensions between the US and Iran. But the French say they see "no signal the US is interested in dialogue."

Asked if France would be part of an anti-Iran coalition, which the Trump administration seems to be attempting to construct, the source said that while the French authorities regarded themselves as "good allies," they would not "automatically" follow Washington's line on Iran.

"We have our own goals... our own interests," the source added.

Press TV, AP and AFP also contributed to this story.




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