Citing the United States’s supposed untrustworthiness, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has banned negotiations with the United States indefinitely.
Khamenei posted a statement on his website showing he was deeply paranoid that U.S. “influence” would ruin the purity of his Islamic Republic.
“Negotiations with the United States open gates to their economic, cultural, political and security influence. Even during nuclear negotiations they tried to harm our national interests,” the Iranian despot said in a statement on his website. “Our negotiators were vigilant but the Americans took advantage of a few chances,” he added.
As the ultimate authority in Iran, Khamenei has yet to sign off on the nuclear deal agreed upon in July by the P5+1 world powers and the Supreme Leader’s delegation representing Iran, Reuters reports.
“Our opposition to negotiation with US has a reason; the Islamic Republic’s talk with U.S. means infiltration. They want to pave the way for imposition. During nuclear talks, they seized any opportunity to infiltrate; thanks to God, Iranian side was vigilant, yet they gained opportunities to act against our national interests,” he said.
“Negotiation with US is forbidden as it bears innumerous disadvantages and no benefit,” Khamenei ordered.
And because of the despotic nature of the regime, Khamenei’s orders must be followed by the entire government apparatus, and there is no check on his power to overrule his determinations.
“Through negotiations Americans seek to influence Iran… but there are naive people in Iran who don’t understand this,” Khamenei told commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the terrorist militant outfit tasked with spreading Iran’s Islamic Revolution worldwide. The IRGC has a heavy presence in nearby Syria, where hundreds of Iranian soldiers are taking up arms in support of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Damascus.
“We are in a critical situation now as the enemies are trying to change the mentality of our officials and our people on the revolution and our national interests,” Khamenei added in his comments to the IRGC.