Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated Saturday that negotiating with the United States wouldn’t put an finish to the “troubles” which have rocked the Islamic republic over the previous two months.
Iran has seen weeks of demonstrations sparked by the September 16 dying in custody of 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian lady Mahsa Amini. She had been arrested for an alleged breach of the nation’s strict gown code for girls.
Government officers have blamed the “riots” on “foreign enemies” within the West whom they accuse of inciting law-breaking.
“Some tell us in newspapers or on the internet that to put an end to the troubles that started a few weeks ago, all that’s needed is to resolve your problem with America and listen to the voice of the nation,” Khamenei stated.
“Negotiating will not resolve anything,” he stated, in feedback broadcast on state tv.
“Our problem with America can only be resolved by letting that country hold us to ransom.”
Khamenei stated that with a view to put an finish to hostilities, the US needs Iran to desert its nuclear programme, change its structure, prohibit its affect to inside its borders, and shut its defence industries.
“No Iranian can accept such conditions,” he stated.
Khamenei additionally pointed to “the enormous voice of the nation that rang out” earlier this month throughout pro-government demonstrations, and for the funeral of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, whom the US assassinated in a 2020 drone strike in Baghdad.
“This immense crowd was the voice of the Iranian nation,” he stated.
Khamenei made the feedback to paramilitaries who visited him as a part of celebrations for Basij week.
The Basij is a volunteer militia recruited below the auspices of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,
“The problem is not a few rioters in the street, even if each rioter, each terrorist, must be punished,” Khamenei advised the massive meeting.
“The battlefield is much broader. The main enemy is the global arrogance,” he added, utilizing Iran’s catch-all time period for the United States and allies together with Israel.
President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday visited a Basij unit in Tehran and advised them: “You have performed brilliantly in the fight against the rioters,” Tasnim information company reported.