Khamenei: Negotiations with US Forbidden

October 7, 2015

On October 7, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that further negotiations with the United States are “forbidden." In an address to Revolutionary Guards commanders, he claimed that talks expose Iran to U.S. influence and harm Iran’s national interests. The following are excerpted remarks from Khamenei on negotiating with the United States.

 

"Negotiations with the United States open gates to their economic, cultural, political and security influence. Even during the nuclear negotiations they tried to harm our national interests.”
 
"Our negotiators were vigilant but the Americans took advantage of a few chances.”
"Through negotiations Americans seek to influence Iran ... but there are naive people in Iran who don't understand this.”
 
 
"We are in a critical situation now as the enemies are trying to change the mentality of our officials and our people on the revolution and our national interests.”
 
 
“The problem currently facing the country is due to certain individuals who are quite thoughtless or quite credulous and don’t understand these realities."
 
Translations via Reuters and Iran Front Page
 
Photo via Khamenei's facebook page