Speaking in a Wednesday meeting with a group of Judiciary officials in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei dismissed the US’ offer of talks as a “deceit” aimed at disarming the Iranian nation and stripping them of their elements of power.
“Americans, intimidated by the elements of the Iranian nation’s power, are afraid of coming forward, so they want to take this weapon and source of power from Iran using this negotiation, so that they can do whatever they want with the Iranian nation,” the Leader warned.
“In these negotiations, if you accept what they say, the nation would be harmed, and if you don’t the same political propaganda and pressures will continue,” he added.
“When the enemy fails to achieve its goal through pressure, it offers talks, assuming that the Iranian nation is naïve, and says the people of Iran must progress. Of course this nation will definitely progress, but without you, and on the condition that you don’t come close,” he noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei recalled that the US and the UK were in control of Iran before the 1979 Revolution, but they caused the country to lag behind in that inauspicious era.
“Even now your presence will have no fruit for Iran but to stop its progress,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to the Americans’ abuse of human rights as a tool, and said, “You kill 300 innocent passengers in the air, help the Saudis in Yemen crimes, then you talk of human rights.”
The Leader was referring to the Iran Air Flight 655, which was shot down on 3 July 1988 by an SM-2MR surface-to-air missile fired from USS Vincennes, a guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. The aircraft, an Airbus A300, was destroyed and all 290 people on board, including 66 children, were killed.
Ayatollah Khamenei also praised the nation’s forty-year resistance against the global arrogance, and said, “The innocent and powerful nation of Iran will not give up pursuing its goals in the face of the pressures, accusations, and insults of the world’s evillest ruling system, namely the US.”
“The most hateful and evil government in the world, which is a source of war, division, plunder, and looting of countries and nations, is insulting and swearing at the dignified nation of Iran on a daily basis, but the Iranian people will not give up and back off with such ugly moves by the US,” he added.