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Iran’s Khamenei says trust in West ‘not helpful’

Supreme leader gives thumbs down to negotiations with West

Syed Zafar Mehdi   | 28.07.2021
Iran’s Khamenei says trust in West ‘not helpful’

TEHRAN, Iran

In his farewell meeting with outgoing President Hassan Rouhani and members of his Cabinet, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said experience of the past eight years shows trust in the West is not helpful.

Rouhani's reformist government ends its two terms in office next week, with former judiciary chief Ebrahim Raeisi set to form the new conservative government on Aug. 5.

Khamenei told Rouhani and his Cabinet that the most important experience from his government is "distrusting the West," urging the incoming administration to "use the experience."

"They don’t help but they strike a blow wherever they can," he said. "When they don't, it is because they cannot."

Khamenei, who has opposed negotiations with the West, said the outgoing administration "failed whenever it relied on the West," calling on the new administration to untie domestic programs with the West.

"It definitely fails, it definitely gets hit," he said. "Wherever you left your work to the West, you failed, and wherever you rose and moved without trusting the West, you succeeded."

Calling for reliance on domestic capabilities, Khamenei said there are "thousand different ways" beyond reliance on the West.

Khamenei also accused the US and its European allies of being "unjust and malicious" in Vienna talks, saying that they have “breached their commitments."

He said Washington is not willing to give guarantees on abiding by its commitments in the future, referring to Iran's demand for guarantees that the US will not abandon the nuclear deal again.

Khamenei said that the Americans have maintained their "obstinate stance" on lifting the sanctions by not acting upon the "promises made on paper."

The Iranian leader's remarks are significant as it comes amidst a standoff over the 2015 nuclear deal after six rounds of marathon talks in Vienna to revive it failed to produce a breakthrough.

Khamenei had opposed the nuclear deal signed by Iran and the US in 2015, which the Trump administration abandoned in May 2018. Since then, he has often warned against trusting Washington.

His latest remarks are also a sign of what position the Raesi government is likely to take on the nuclear deal and negotiations, as he is considered a Khamenei loyalist.

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