Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei ruled out on Tuesday the possibility of a war with the United States, noting that negotiations with Washington is not on Tehran’s agenda.
Speaking in a meeting with the heads of the Islamic Republic’s executive, judiciary, and legislative branches as well as other senior officials, parliamentarians in Tehran, the Leader said any confrontation between the US and Iran would not be “a military one,” and that “there was not going to be any war.”
“The Iranian nation’s definite option will be resistance in the face of the US, and in this confrontation, the US would be forced into a retreat,” Imam Khamenei said, as quoted by Tasnim news agency.
“Neither we nor they, who know war will not be in their interest, are after war.”
Imam Khamenei further explained that the confrontation between the two sides is “a struggle of wills,” asserting that Iran would be the ultimate victor of this battle.
The Leader ruled out also any negotiation with the US as long as Washington sticks with its hostile approach against the Islamic Republic, saying Washington would be attempting to undermine Iran’s “points of strength,” such as its defensive power or its strategic regional influence, in any such interaction.
“They (Americans) say we should negotiate over your (Iran’s) defensive weapons; (questioning) why do you build (for instance) a missile with a given range. Reduce the range (of your missiles, they say), so you would not be able to hit our bases!”
Imam Khamenei further played down Washington’s highly belligerent rhetoric against Iran, saying its real capability did not match its loud bluster, and that it “needs to engage in (such bluster).”
His eminence noted that Washington gives priority to the Zionist entity’s interests over the benefits of all others, adding, “The control of many affairs rests in the hands of the Zionist society.”
Source: Iranian media