Ayatollah Khamenei: nuclear negotiations won’t resolve US-Iran differences

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has once again expressed that while he is not optimistic about a final deal in the nuclear talks, he is not opposed to them, either. More importantly, he said that contrary to the statements of officials in the current Iranian administration, nuclear negotiations will not resolve the differences between the United States and Iran.

“By dressing up America’s face, some individuals are trying to remove the ugliness, the violence and terror from this face and introduce America’s government to the Iranian people as being affectionate and humanitarian, but these efforts will not reach results,” Khamenei said.

Among the issues that Ayatollah Khamenei raised was the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan; support for Israel, dictators and takfiri groups in the Middle East; the creation of the Blackwater mercenary firm, support for the 1953 coup that overthrew Prime Minister Mossadegh, sanctions against Iran and support for the 2009 Green Movement leaders who contested the 2009 presidential elections and brought protests to the streets.

“How can you change such an ugly and criminal face in front of the Iranian people with makeup?” he asked. “This list is just one corner of the bad work America has done against Iran that also continues today.” He mentioned that US leaders and senators continue to make negative comments about Iran.

He said, “The perception of some officials from the previous administration and also some officials from the current administration is that if we negotiate with America on the nuclear issue, issues will be resolved. Because of their insistence, I said that I have no opposition, but at that moment I stressed that I am not optimistic.”

On Khamenei’s website, in the SMS text section under the Iranian date “1392/11/28,” the quote above reads differently:

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“Some officials from this government and that government think that if we negotiate the nuclear issue, differences will be resolved. In my speech at the beginning of the year, I said that I am not optimistic about negotiations and it will not go anywhere, and you see that it has not gone anywhere. But I have no opposition, either.”

The audio file on Khamenei’s website of this speech, however, confirms that the text on his website is accurate and the SMS section is inaccurate. He did not say the negotiations have “not gone anywhere.” Khamenei’s office is usually very careful about quotes attributed to him but they have made mistakes in the past.

Ayatollah Khamenei added, “What our Foreign Ministry has started will continue. Iran will not violate what it agreed to. But the Americans are enemies of the Islamic Revolution, they are enemies of the Islamic Republic, they are enemies of this flag that you have raised.”

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany resume tomorrow in Vienna.