Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has rejected any talks with the United States under pressure and threats.
â€œI am not a diplomat. I am a revolutionary and speak frankly, honestly, and firmly. An offer of talks makes sense only when the side [that makes the offer] shows its goodwill,â€ Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with the officials and commanders of Iranâ€™s Navy on Thursday.
â€œYou (the Americans) point the gun at Iran and say either negotiations or we pull the trigger! You should know that pressure and negotiations donâ€™t go together, and the [Iranian] nation will not be intimidated by such things.â€
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the remarks by American officials that â€˜the ball is now in Iran’s court,â€™ and noted, â€œThe ball is in your court, because you should answer the question of whether speaking of negotiations at the same time as continuing pressure and threats makes any sense at all.â€
The Leader pointed out, however, that, â€œWe, of course, understand their (the Americansâ€™) need for negotiations, because the Middle East policy of the Americans has failed, and in order to compensate for this failure, they need to play a trump card.â€
Taking Iran to the negotiating table is the trump card that the US needs, Ayatollah Khamenei noted, adding that the US seeks to tell the world it has good will. â€œHowever, no one sees any goodwill.â€
Speaking at the 49th annual Munich Security Conference in Germany on February 2, US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington was ready to hold direct talks with Iran over the countryâ€™s nuclear energy program.
The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.