Iran’s deep mistrust of the US arises from rationale and experience, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said, dismissing the idea of interaction between Tehran and Washington as a ploy to infiltrate into Iran and impair its regional clout.
“One of the elements of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s soft power is ‘downright distrust of global hegemonic powers’, which is today symbolized by the US,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders and officials, held in Tehran on Sunday.
The Leader underscored that such mistrust originates from insight and experience, pointing to a list of US hostile acts against Iran after the victory of 1979 Islamic Revolution, with the most recent example seen in the nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Imam Khamenei further warned that opening the doors for negotiation with the US will not only prepare the ground for their “overt and covert infiltration”, but also impede the country’s progress.
The Leader reminded Iranian officials of the need to remain vigilant in the face of US plots, arguing that Washington’s main purpose in insisting on negotiations with Iran about the West Asia developments, particularly about Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, is to block Iran’s presence in the region, which is the root cause of US failure in West Asia.
Rejecting the notion of talks with the US on the regional issues, Imam Khamenei added, “Negotiating with the US is not only useless, but also harmful, and this point has been told to the country’s high-ranking officials with reasoning, and they had no reason to reject it.”
The Leader has repeatedly called for action to prevent the US from gaining political and cultural foothold in Iran, warning that the consequences of such infiltration would be much worse than that of enemy’s economic influence.
Source: Tasnim News Agency