TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated Friday that the US president’s sanctions coverage had failed and Iran won’t open talks with the United States that can solely profit Donald Trump.
Decades-old tensions between Tehran and Washington have soared prior to now yr, with the sworn enemies showing a number of instances to come back to the brink of battle.
The tensions have been rising since 2018, when Trump withdrew the United States from a landmark nuclear accord and unilaterally reimposed crippling sanctions.
“There is no doubt that sanctions are a crime, a blow from the US to Iran,” stated supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a televised speech.
“But the smart Iranian has made the best use of this attack, this animosity and benefited… by using sanctions as a means to increase national self-reliance.”
Khamenei stated Western “think tanks admit that the maximum pressure (policy) of sanctions and US force has not succeeded.”
The 2015 deal between Tehran and main powers promised reduction from sanctions in return for limits on Iran’s nuclear programme.
After abandoning the settlement, the United States reimposed sanctions on Iran´s very important oil exports and its entry to the worldwide banking system, and pressured allies and rivals alike to fall in line.
Iran has responded by making an attempt to spice up its non-oil exports, notably to neighbouring nations.
“This has caused the country’s economy to be naturally less reliant on oil,” Khamenei stated, casting the event in a constructive gentle.
Khamenei condemned requires Iran to open new talks with the United States, saying he wouldn’t conform to conferences that have been aimed solely at boosting Trump’s re-election hopes.
The 81-year-old even known as Trump an “old man”, regardless that he’s seven years older than the US president.
“This old man in charge, he apparently made some propaganda use out of his negotiations with North Korea. Now he wants to use (talks with Iran) for the (November 3 US presidential) election.”
Khamenei stated that in return for brand spanking new talks, the US would demand: “Reduce your defensive capability, destroy your regional power and give up the vital nuclear industry.”
“No logic dictates giving into the aggressor´s demands,” he stated.