Khamenei–Talks with US are ‘lethal poison’ to Iran


Iran’s leader says Washington has failed to live up to nuclear deal promises, proving that it cannot be trusted

Times of Israel

Amid growing Iranian complaints that world powers have failed to live up to their obligations under the nuclear accord with Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday that dialogue with the US had proven to be “a lethal poison,” as Washington had shown that it could not be trusted.

“They want us to negotiate with them on the regional issues but the nuclear deal experience tells us that this is a lethal poison,” he said in a speech in Tehran.

“The Americans want to take everything in return for nothing,” the Fars news agency quoted the leader as saying. “Negotiations with such a government mean diversion from the correct path of the country’s progress, making repeated concessions and bearing their bullying, violations and disloyalty in practice.”

Khamenei said that six months after the implementation of the deal, it had not prompted any tangible change in Iranians’ lives.

The deal reached on July 14, 2015 saw the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia agree to lift some international sanctions in exchange for guarantees that Iran would not pursue nuclear weapons.

Jubilant Iranians dreamt of an end to isolation and economic hardship, but critics say US obstacles have soured those hopes.

Even after the accord took effect in January, the US maintained primary sanctions linked to Iran’s human rights record and ballistic missile testing — blocking Tehran from dollar transactions and leaving banks worried they could still be prosecuted for doing business with the country, despite repeated assurances from Washington that they will not.

Oil production has soared back almost to pre-sanctions levels, but Rouhani’s hopes of attracting $30-$50 billion in foreign investment each year increasingly look like wishful thinking.

Hardliners in Iran have been having a field day with the meagre results, using the media to press home a narrative that the nuclear deal will not benefit ordinary citizens.

Khamenei said the deal “proved again the fruitlessness of negotiations with the Americans, their disloyalty and the necessity for distrusting the US promises and showed that the way for the country’s progress and improving people’s living conditions is paying attention to the domestic potentials and not the enemies.

“We said two years ago that the nation will see the nuclear talks as an experience to see what the Americans would do in practice and now it has become clear that they are still busy with plots and destructive measures,” he said.

Khamenei also touched on Turkey’s recent failed coup, claiming that Washington was behind the attempted putsch.

“There is a strong accusation that the coup was staged by the Americans’ measures and preparations and if this issue is proved, it will be a big scandal for the US,” he said. “The Americans are opposed to Islam and Islamic tendencies and therefore, they (staged the coup) in Turkey where there are Islamic tendencies.”

Earlier Monday Khamenei tweeted his anger at the recent apparent strengthening of ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

He harshly criticized the recent meetings between Israel and Saudi officials as an attack on Islam.

“Revelation of Saudi government’s relations with Zionist regime was stab in the back of Islamic Ummah,” he tweeted. The term “ummah” literally means “community,” and refers to the entire Islamic world, linking Shiite Iran with the Saudi Sunni regime.

He went on to accuse the Saudis of a multitude of crimes in Yemen, tweeting, “Aggression on #Yemen & nonstop bombing of ‘houses, hospitals & schools’ & continuous infanticide are other big crimes of Saudi government.”

Riyadh, he claimed, was doing the bidding of the US: “Today, #Saudi government is in hands of unwise people, but close scrutiny shows US hands are behind all these issues.”

  1. #1 by The Equalizer on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    So why does not Khamenei go after the joo influence of U.S. shenanigans?

    Folks, this is all about that filthy, murderous regime in Tel Aviv and Washington, London, Paris, etc. fomenting all of this pandemonium in the Middle East.

    Until Iran and the rest of the Arab/Muslim world realizes their real enemy is the “joo” they will continue to be pushed around like marionettes.

    Get with the program! Do to the Zionists what they have been doing to you since the 1850’s – liquidate them starting with their “leaders” and “money men”.

    Start with the prominent American Zionists that we all are quite aware of….

  2. #2 by trevorlabonte on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    Reblogged this on HumanityAwakened.

  3. #3 by Isaac on 08/06/2016 - 9:34

    #1 The Equalizer. Iran knows very well that is IsraHELL who has been behind all these terror in the Middle East. They can’t go after IsraHELL who is one of the most powerful nuclear entities in the world. Besides, the International Jews, the Rothschild’s in London own and control the US government who act as a bully and is just waiting for a little insignificant excuse to bombard the hell out of Iran specially if crooked Killery Clinton gets the White House. Iran, Russia, China, Hezbollah do not want any war. It is the diabolical Zionist Criminal Mafia who cheer for WWIII.

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