Addressing a huge gathering of people from all walks of life in Tehran on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei slammed the US rhetoric towards Iran and stated that the US has become ruder and more blatant in their rhetoric over the past few months, both towards Iran and towards other nations.
“Recently, the US officials have been talking blatantly about us. Besides sanctions, they talk about war and negotiations. They raise the spectre of war to frighten the cowards,” he added.
The Leader pointed to the US’ call for negotiation with Iran, saying that they are playing a poor game.
“One of them talks of negotiation with preconditions; another one talks of negotiation without preconditions,” he noted.
“Let me address the people on the matter in a few words: There will be no war, nor will we negotiate with the US. This is the gist of the word that all the Iranian people should know.”
The Leader said the Americans rely on money and power and thus consider negotiations as a commercial exchange.
“When the US wants to negotiate with another party, they determine their main goals, and then they won’t retreat even a step away from these goals,” he added.
“They ask the other party to give a concession immediately; and if the other party refuses to do so, they start making a fuss, so that the other party would surrender,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
The Leader said the US itself does not pay anything in exchange for what it takes from the other party. “The US only makes strong promises in order to enchant the other party with mere promises.”
“In the final stage, after receiving all the immediate advantages, the US breaches its own promises,” he added.
“This is the method of the American negotiations. Now should we negotiate with such a fraudulent government? The JCPOA was a clear example of this,” he went on to say.
Ayatollah Khamenei finally prohibited holding any negotiations with the US, saying, “The Islamic Republic would negotiate with the US only when it reaches the power and sovereignty that would nullify the US’ pressures and domineering efforts; when those efforts have no effect on Iran. Today it does not have such power. Thus, I prohibit negotiations with the US just as Imam [Khomeini] did.”