According to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's
Web site, these
are people in East Azarbaijan Province
who came to hear him speak
Supreme Leader Khamenei
says America Has 'Nothing to Worry About' (Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran)
When it comes
to Iran, is the United States making a mountain out of less than a molehill? According
to this news item from Iran's government-run Islamic Republic News Agency, Supreme Leader Khamenei says the direct
Iran-U.S. talks cannot happen when America talks about human rights and breaks
them, advocates for democracy then undermines it, and attacks Iran for building
nuclear weapons that Tehran doesn't want.
Tehran: Supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, has challenged American logic in its conduct
toward other nations. He was referring to the way Washington fabricates
accusations against Iran, ushers in global sanctions to pressure Iran, and then
calls for direct talks.
The supreme leader made these remarks at a meeting with people
from the northwestern city of Tabriz in East Azarbaijan Province, on the anniversary of the 1977 uprising
of the Azari people against the shah's regime.
The supreme leader said that the pious and faithful Iranian
nation has successfully overcome the economic pressure exerted by the global
power, and that while they claim to have imposed crippling economic sanctions
on Iran in order to disappoint the Iranian nation, the nation has issued a
decisive reply during rallies on Feb. 10 marking the 34th victory anniversary
of the Islamic Revolution.
According to the supreme leader, Iranian people from all
walks of life demonstrated their vigor when it comes to this historical event, and
proved they are determined to support the path of the Islamic Revolution: ''Every
year like a great avalanche, the February 10 rallies strike a heavy blow to the
Ayatollah Khamenei said that in their dealings with the pious,
firm and brave Iranian nation, the enemies are desperate and losing ground, and
as a result, taking actions against it that are illogical.
Referring to the lack of harmony among U.S. officials, the supreme
leader called them "irrational people" whose words and action are
contradictory, and an attempt to attain their goals with a bullying spirit.
With their irrational words and bullying policies, the
Americans expect others to give in, but the Iranian nation have proven different
from those who have surrendered to them, because as the supreme leader said, the
Iranian people are rational and more than capable to tackling their
While the Americans claim to be committed to the principles
of human rights, and a flag bearer of human rights around the world, their
actions have issued the heaviest of all possible blows to human rights through its
own human rights violations at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib,
and the mass killing by drones of innocent people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The supreme leader said that one of their illogical claims
is in regard to nuclear weapons. While they invaded Iraq some 11 years ago under
the pretext of weapons of mass destruction, they admitted to their lie only after
ruining the country. And at the same time, U.S. officials back the Zionist
regime, which is in fact equipped with nuclear weapons and poses a threat to
others, the supreme leader said.
So while the Americans say they promote democracy around the
globe, the claim is without foundation, Ayatollah Khamenei said.
''The Americans claim to advocate democracy around the world,
but in the meantime, they are creating conflict with Iran, which is carrying
out one of the most hopeful and transparent democracies in the region. ... They
claim to be advocates of democracy in the world, but they support regimes that
show no sign of democratic governance, which have populations that have not
once experienced going to the polls."
Ayatollah Khamenei went on. ''The Islamic Republic of Iran
does not want to see a proliferation of nuclear weapons. In fact, there is
nothing for the U.S. to worry about, because the Islamic Republic of Iran
considers the possession or use of nuclear weapons to be a crime against
humanity, and calls for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction.''
As far as Iran's nuclear program, the supreme leader said
that the issue has nothing to do with nuclear weapons, In fact, the enemies seek
to prevent Iran from asserting its legitimate right to the enrichment of uranium
and civilian use of nuclear energy enshrined in the nuclear Non-Proliferation
The supreme leader said that this trampling of the
legitimate rights of the Iranian nation clearly reflects U.S. irrationality,
and that direct talks with a party that its illogical and bullying will do
nothing to resolve the problem.
Referring to talks between Iran and the United States,
Ayatollah Khamenei said that that the Americans rely on a media network under
the influence of Zionists, which seeks to deceive global, regional and local
The Supreme Leader underlined five key facts that must be
taken into account which demonstrate Washington's true goals in such talks. The
illogical and contradictory words and actions of U.S. officials amount to an effort
to force Iran to submit.
When it comes to whether America is prepared to lift
sanctions, the leader said that they are lying when they say a resumption of
direct talks would lead to a lifting of sanctions.
The goal of the U.S. offer of direct talks is nothing more
than media hype. The leader said that Washington's goal is to show the world's
Muslims that a nation as steadfast as Iran has finally came to the negotiating
table to compromise.
By pushing Iran to the negotiating table, the global
arrogance wants to dispirit Muslim nations, and it is now pursuing the same
goal with media hype. But the supreme leader said that the Islamic Republic understands
their goals and will give a proper response.
The supreme leader also pointed out that after encountering
the rationality of Iran's position, the Americans have interrupted talks on several
"Over the past 15 years, they have called for mutual
talks two or three times, but after an exchange of views, they interrupt them, as
tolerating Iran's rational words is too much for them. So they pretended it was
Iran that walked out.''
"Does anyone think it necessary to again taste U.S.
irrationality?" asked the leader.
U.S. officials, the leader said, assume that due to economic
sanctions, Iranians have given up and will rush to the negotiating table.
The supreme leader said that the aim of the sanctions is to
bring the Iranian nation to its knees and separate it from the Islamic
government, and that sanctions will not be ended if talks are held between the
He said Iranians do not want wish to seek lofty blessings
with humiliation, will attain economic prosperity through wisdom, firm resolve
and courage, and by relying on its young people.
''There is no doubt that the Iranian nation will choose the
path of reliance on Almighty God, and will transform sanctions into a golden
People from the poorer strata of society fully understand these
problems, and would never allow sanctions to separate them from path of the Islamic
revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei said that this is because of their conviction
that Islam helps them resolve all problems.
In the meantime, the supreme leader called on the U.S. to demonstrate
its goodwill when it comes to direct talks by ending its bullying, respecting
the rights of the Iranian nation, through non-interference in Iran's domestic
affairs, and halting its warmongering in the region.
If they prove their sincerity in action, and demonstrate
logic, they will find the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iranian nation adopting
a new, more cooperative approach toward them, the Ayatollah Khamenei said.
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