Iran’s Khamenei says sanctions failed, no talks with Trump

TEHRAN: Iran won’t open talks with the US that can solely profit Donald Trump, supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated on Friday, insisting the US President’s sanctions coverage had failed.
A long time-old tensions between Tehran and Washington have soared prior to now yr or so, with the sworn enemies twice showing to come back to the brink of warfare.
The tensions have been constructing since 2018, when Trump withdrew the US from a landmark nuclear accord and unilaterally reimposed crippling sanctions.
“There is no such thing as a doubt that sanctions are a criminal offense,” Khamenei stated in a televised speech.
“However the sensible Iranian has made one of the best use of this assault, this animosity and benefited… by utilizing sanctions as a method to extend nationwide self-reliance.”
Khamenei stated Western “think-tanks admit that the utmost strain (coverage) of sanctions and US pressure has not succeeded”.
The 2015 deal between Tehran and main powers promised reduction from sanctions in return for limits on Iran’s nuclear programme.
After abandoning the accord, the US reimposed sanctions on Iran’s very important oil exports and its entry to the worldwide banking system, and pressured allies and rivals alike to fall in line.
Iran has responded by attempting to spice up its non-oil exports, significantly to neighbouring international locations.
“This has brought about the nation’s financial system to be naturally much less reliant on oil,” Khamenei stated, casting the event in a optimistic mild.
Khamenei condemned requires Iran to open new talks with the US, saying he wouldn’t conform to conferences that had been aimed solely at boosting Trump’s re-election hopes.
The 81-year-old even referred to as Trump an “previous man”, regardless that he’s seven years older than the US President.
“This previous man in cost, he apparently made some propaganda use out of his negotiations with North Korea. Now he desires to make use of (talks with Iran) for the (November three US presidential) election.”
Khamenei stated that in return for brand spanking new talks, the US would demand: “Cut back your defensive functionality, destroy your regional energy and quit the very important nuclear trade.”
“No logic dictates giving into the aggressor’s calls for,” he stated.
He additionally accused European companions to the nuclear deal of “having accomplished nothing” to offer Iran with the financial advantages of the accord and stated their barter system designed to bypass US sanctions was a “ineffective plaything.”
The system, referred to as Instex, is supposed to operate as a clearing home and permit European corporations to ship medical provides to Iran with out being uncovered to sanctions.
European signatories stated in March they’d delivered medical items to Iran within the first transaction beneath Instex, greater than a yr after the mechanism was introduced.

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