Leader: Sanctions must be lifted first; then we'll carry out our commitments
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, April 14, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed here on Wednesday that "Sanctions must be lifted first; then we'll carry out our commitments."
The Supreme Leader made the remarks during a speech on the occasion of the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
According to the official website of the Supreme Leader, Khamenei.ir, "as is customary every year, the Qur'anic Recitation Ceremony, which is held on the first day of the month of Ramadan, was held in the presence of the Leader of the Revolution.
It was broadcast live on radio and television channels as well as on the official social media accounts of KHAMENEI.IR. Due to the health guidelines issued by the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus, which restrict public gatherings, this ceremony was held by way of the videoconference with a number of outstanding reciters of the Holy Quran in attendance in the Imam Khomeini Musallah.
The following is an excerpt of the statements His Eminence made in his speech:
"We have already declared Iran's policy. Sanctions must be removed first. Once we are certain that has been done, we will carry out our commitments. This is because they have broken their promises tens of times, and it is the same now."
"Our officials must be careful that the negotiations do not become draining. It should not reach a point where the other signatories wish to keep drawing it out, because that would be detrimental to the country."
"The US is not after accepting the truth through negotiations. Rather, it seeks to impose its false words. The Europeans have also confessed in some private meetings with our officials that Iran is in the right, and they acknowledge our policy that sanctions must be removed first."
"Nevertheless, when it comes to making decisions, the same Europeans follow the U.S. Because they don't have any true independence and the U.S. is an aggressor too. The suggestions they make are often arrogant and degrading, thus they aren't even worth looking at."
"We are hopeful the officials will move forward on this matter with their eyes fully open, a strong heart, reliance on God, and remembering that "God is sufficient for us and He is the Best Protector." God willing, they will enjoy divine success and make the nation happy."
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