Supreme Leader says US will retreat without conflict
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, May 15, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that US will retreat from the current escalation without conflict, adding that there is no need to negotiate with Washington.
Addressing a meeting with Iranian MPs, government officials, Ayatollah Khamenei said that national economy should be driven to self-sufficiency.
Self-sufficiency is a terminology Iranian government refers to a strategy getting national economy rid of the oil revenues.
The Supreme Leader said that negotiations with the US is futile, because, the US has a record of reneging on international conventions.
'Some people in the country say that negotiations with the US is not harmful. I'm saying negotiations with Washington is poisonous as long as the U.S. continues with the same course of action; besides, negotiating with the current administration of the United States is all the more poisonous.'
'Negotiation is a mutual give and take. But the United States wants Iran to capitulate.'
The Supreme Leader derided the US attempt to undermine Iranian sovereignty right of defense power, saying, 'They talk about negotiating our defense capabilities. They question the range of our missiles.'
'They say: 'you must reduce range of the missiles so that if we ever strike on your bases you won't be able to strike back at our bases!' Or, for instance, they seek to negotiate about our strategic influence in the region, meaning they want us to capitulate,' he noted.
'Negotiations with Washington are wrong, even with an upright person. Those in the U.S. government are not even upright and they do not abide by their commitments,' Ayatollah Khamenei said, in reference to reneging on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
'Of course no one among our officials seeks to negotiate. Obviously no dignified and wise Iranian would negotiate their national defense power,' he reiterated.
Deriding US president's claims regarding protests in capital city of Tehran, he said: 'Their president claims there is a protest against the governing system in Tehran every weekend. First, it is not on Fridays, but on Saturdays. Second, it is not in Tehran, but in Paris.'
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Supreme Leader said: 'There is no doubt that the U.S. animosity–which started with the Revolution–has become more overt form today, adding: 'This animosity existed previously, but not as explicit as it has now become. Now they explicitly announce it and threaten us. It is important to know those who make an uproar threatening others is actually weaker than what they pretend to be.'
Referring to US support for Tel Aviv regime, Ayatollah Khamenei said: 'The US officials prefer the interests of the Zionist regime over any other government.'
'Many of their actions come upon orders by the Zionists,' he stressed.
He went to say: 'The U.S. government is in need of making uproars,' adding: 'They claim their behavior has changed Iran. They are right; the change brought to Iran was that the Iranian people's abhorrence towards the U.S. regime increased tenfold; their chance of infringing upon the interests of the Islamic Republic grew slimmer; the zeal of our youth for maintaining the country has increased; and our police and security forces have become more vigilant.'
Pointing to major internal problem inside the US, Supreme Leader said: 'The United States has faced with many social and economic problems at home. Their government lacks coherence.'
He added: 'The US Agriculture Department has reported that 41 million Americans in need of food.'
'Regarding social issues, the U.S. national statistics center has reported that over 40 percent of babies are born out of wedlock,' he reiterated.
'There are two million and 200 thousand prisoners, and they have the highest rate of drug abuse, while 31 percent of mass shootings in the world happen in the U.S. This is their social situation,' Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
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