Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Says U.S. is ‘Untrustworthy, Self-Important and Breaks its Promises’
Iran’s Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, said he was “pessimistic about the U.S. government,” describing the administration of President Barack Obama as “untrustworthy, self-important and breaks its promises,” according to the UK Telegraph on Sunday.
Speaking to Army cadets at a Tehran university on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Of course in our view parts the New York trip were not proper, yet we are optimistic about our dear government’s diplomatic envoy, but pessimistic about the US government.”
During the trip, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive included a controversial interview where he acknowledged unspecified Nazi crimes against the Jews, and spoke to Obama by telephone, a move that the Telegraph’s sources said may have been in conflict with Ayatollah Khamenei’s wishes.
In the speech on Saturday, Khamenei said that he supported “what occurred in the government’s recent trip” and, in general, supported the “diplomatic measures and for diplomacy.”
Despite the careful rapprochement conveyed by Rouhani, Ayatollah Khamenei added, “The US government is a government captured by the Zionist international network and has to appease the occupying regime and show flexibility for the sake of the Zionists.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also condemned as “disgusting” threats of military action against Iran for not relenting in its pursuit of nuclear capabilities, saying, “Our response to any evil against the Iranian nation will be severe and heavy.”
In Israel on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran’s nuclear program is clearly aimed at producing warheads, not energy. He noted that 17 countries today produce their own nuclear energy without operating a single centrifuge, the only purpose of which is to enrich fissionable material for nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu said Israel would not oppose direct negotiations with Iran over its nuclear use, and suggested that sanctions be continued because the economic pressure is forcing the government to respond to the international community.