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Khamenei: “You (US) aim the gun at the Iranians and then say, ‘negotiate or I shoot’! We will not be intimidated by these things”

Friday, 8 February 2013

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei dismissed the US offer of direct talks with Iran. Addressing a gathering of Air Force commanders, he underlined that the proposal has been made in word, while Washington’s actions show a different course, meaning that the offer is nothing but a cunning move. Khamenei rejected the US statesmen’s remarks that the ball is now in Iran’s court, and said, “The ball is in your court, because you should answer and say if speaking of negotiations concurrent with pressures and threats even has any meaning… Negotiations are meant to prove goodwill. But you take dozens of (hostile) actions with ill intent and then speak of negotiations. Can the Iranian nation believe that you are driven by goodwill?” He stated that the US needs talks with Iran, because Washington’s Middle East policy has proved a failure and Americans need to show a winning ace to repair their damaged reputation… “Bringing the revolutionary and popular Islamic Republic to the negotiating table is the Americans’ winning ace, as they want to tell the world that they have goodwill, but no one sees any goodwill (in the Americans).” He recalled his response to the US President’s previous offer of talks four years ago, and said, “Right then it was emphasized (by me) that we didn’t look at the offer with bias and prejudice and would wait to see their actions, but in these four years nothing has been observed (by the US) but continued plots, aid and assistance to seditionists and conspirators, and support for the terrorists who assassinated the Iranian nation’s scientists.” Khamenei underlined the contradictory remarks and actions of the White House rulers and said, “You impose - in your own words - crippling sanctions to paralyze the (Iranian) nation. Does this show good or ill intent? …Negotiations are meaningful when the two sides speak with goodwill, on equal footing and without any intent to deceive (the other side), and that’s why ‘negotiation for negotiation’, ‘negotiation in the form of a tactic’, and offer of negotiation to pose as a world superpower is a deceitful move… You aim the gun at the Iranian nation and then say ‘negotiate or I shoot’! But you should know that pressure and negotiations are not compatible, and the (Iranian) nation will not be intimidated by these things.” 

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  • Published: 3 days ago on Friday, 8 February 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: February 8, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
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