Monday, 15 October, 2018

Iran's Rohani Warns Trump: 'Don't Play With The Lion's Tail'

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with lawmakers in Tehran Iran Khamenei rejects talks with US, praises Rouhani threat to close Hormuz Strait
Steven Clarke | 22 July, 2018, 19:37

"The idea that problems can be resolved through negotiations or relations with the United States is a major error", he added.

"Democracy will come to Iran when the people of Iran have their reckoning with their ruthless and incompetent rulers".

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on July 15 that the European signatories to the nuclear deal must provide Tehran with necessary guarantees about the continued implementation of the deal.

Oil-rich Iran has been seeking a way out of an economic crisis with its currency losing value rapidly as concern has grown about sanctions after the USA backed out of a multilateral agreement with Iran in May.

"I think this is more like a propaganda move than an attempt at bringing the two nations close", Afshari told RFE/RL.

Rouhani suggested that Iran has alternatives to shipping crude through Hormuz.

Ali Vaez, the director of Iran Project at the International Crisis Group (ICG), says Pompeo's outreach effort is "an exercise in futility".

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"Iranian opposition in exile is too fractured, too disconnected from the country's realities, and basically beyond fix".

Although the Trump administration claims it only seeks "behavior change" in Iran, its pressure campaign clearly aims at regime change.

Sunday's direct threat against Mr. Trump is the second time in less than a month that the Islamic Republic's leader has gone on a tirade against the United States.

After the USA pulled out of the nuclear agreement, Iran made clear that it wants to keep the deal alive, but only if the remaining five powers can guarantee that Iran will not face economic isolation under the sanctions that the US has started to revive.

"Just as the [George W.] Bush administration cultivated a few Iraqi exiles and talked about human rights to provide legitimacy for a disastrous invasion of Iraq, the Trump Administration appears intent on using Iranian exiles to advance risky policies that will leave the Iranian people as its primary victims", the NIAC said in a statement posted on its website.

The Iranians described the USA move as an economic war, said the report. The response below from an admin. official to this Q is utter nonsense.

Under the landmark deal signed in Vienna, six world powers - the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union - offered Iran more than $110bn a year in sanctions relief and a return to the global economy in exchange for halting its drive for nuclear weapons.

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