Khamenei says no talks with current U.S. administration

Iran's supreme leader said Monday that his country will neither go to war nor enter into negotiations with the United States as the Trump administration restores sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. "The Islamic Republic has proven that any invader will be dealt a bigger strike".

The Leader also said, "There will be no war, because, as it was in the past, we will never initiate a war and nor will the USA start a war, because it will be totally harmful to them".

This is the first time Iran's supreme leader has commented. Khamenei referenced the secret 1986 trip to Tehran by President Ronald Reagan's former national security adviser Robert McFarlane in an effort to begin high-level talks; the attempt wound up being rebuffed.

The United States has told other countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil from early November or face US financial measures.

This news followed Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

"Our will to enhance our defense power in all fields will increase if the pressure mounts on Iran", Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said after unveiling the "fully home-made precision-guided" missile.

Khamenei asked, "For what reason should one sit down at the negotiation table with a bullying regime that negotiates like this?"

"Today's livelihood problems do not emerge from outside, they are internal", Khamenei said in another tweet. "Even if we ever-impossible as it is-negotiated with the USA, it would never ever be with the current USA administration", he adds in a follow-up tweet. "America never remains loyal to its promises in talks. just gives empty words. and never retreats from its goals for talks", Khamenei was quoted as saying by TV. Iran has denounced the sanctions as "US unilateralism". "When the price of the rial drops like this, it is the day laborer who has nothing left".

Many official and semi-official Iranian news agencies reported Khamenei's speech on Monday where he discussed a variety of domestic and foreign affairs, including the nuclear agreement. "Not that sanctions don't have an impact, but the majority of the impact is [due to] our own performance".

  • Tracy Klein