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Iran continues to defy the United States with the country’s Supreme Leader refusing to hold talks with the Trump administration on its unconditional dialogue offer.
Ayatollah Khamenei simply said America cannot be trusted after Washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposed sanctions, additionally threatening to penalize any and all companies doing business with Iran, including those from the EU.
Addressing Iranian lawmakers he is quoted to have said, “I ban holding any talks with America… America never remains loyal to its promises in talks”,
The order was then repeated in during an address to thousands of Iranians on State TV when Khamenei reportedly emphasized, “the withdrawal from the nuclear deal is a clear proof that America cannot be trusted”, which emerged as a sharp rejoinder to Trump’s offer of meeting with any of Iran’s leaders without preconditions.
Washington had said Iran’s only chance of avoiding the sanctions would be to accept Mr Trump’s offer of re-negotiating for a new nuclear deal, which Iranian officials have already rejected
The new sanctions are to target Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of US dollars and its car industry but the Supreme Leader did not issue any kind of war threat
“They (the Americans) are exaggerating the possibility of a war with Iran. There will be no war… We have never started a war and they will not confront Iran militarily,” he said with certainty.
However, the Iranian rial has plummeted and prompted angry protests against the government of President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who made the 2015 deal in an attempt to end Iran’s isolation.
“More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians… I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management,” the state TV quoted the Ayatollah as having said.
“With better management and more efficient planning we can resist the sanctions and overcome them,” he added, in an effort to deflect public anger over the deteriorating economy towards Mr Rouhani’s government.
European countries, which continue to back the 2015 deal, fear Trump’s aggressive attitude will undermine the moderate President’s standing and strengthen the hand of his hardline clerics.
Meanwhile, officials blame enemies of Iran for the fall of the currency and rise in the price of gold coins and there have been protests against sharp rises in the prices of food items, a lack of jobs and state corruption and rise in the cost of living.
But, most Iranians stand in defiance of US demands to curb missile programs and celebrate a new generation of its “Fateh Mobin” short-range ballistic missile, according to reports.