Iran's Ayatollah wants 'no negotiations with the US'

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran Iran Monday Aug. 13 2018
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran Iran Monday Aug. 13 2018
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15 August, 2018

If anyone was unsure what Iran's supreme leader thought of President Trump's offer to hold talks after the USA reimposed "the most biting sanctions" on Iran last week, all doubt has been removed, per Reuters.

"Beside sanctions, they are talking about war and negotiations. let me say a few words to the people: THERE WILL BE NO WAR, NOR WILL WE NEGOTIATE WITH THE U.S.", Khamenei said via his official Twitter account in English. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned the sanctions as "psychological warfare", saying last week he would not begin negotiations until the sanctions are withdrawn.

Soon after, Iranian media outlets omitted what Khamenei said in his speech about accepting the responsibility for his "mistake in allowing the start of the nuclear negotiations", without giving any further explanations.

Ayatollah Khamenei asked in reference to the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and restoration of sanctions against Iran.

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"Even if we ever - impossible as it is - negotiated with the U.S., it would never ever be with the current USA administration", he added.

"With better management and planning we can resist the sanctions and overcome them,"Khamenei said".

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The rial has lost about half of its value since April in anticipation of the renewed USA sanctions, driven mainly by heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.

Iranian officials have blamed "enemies" for the fall of the currency and a rapid rise in the price of gold coins, and more than 60 people, including several officials, have been arrested on charges that carry the death penalty.

Khamenei agreed, saying: "The objective (of the courts) should be to punish those guilty of corrupt economic practices swiftly and justly", the TV added.

The cost of living has also soared, sparking sporadic demonstrations against profiteering and corruption, with many protesters chanting anti-government slogans. Defence Minister Gen. Amir Hatami told state TV the surface-to-surface missile, dubbed Fateh-e Mobin, or Bright Conqueror, was effective in all weather conditions.

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