No talks but no war either says Iran's Khamenei

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2018

Renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran took effect on Tuesday.

Washington reimposed the sanctions last week after pulling out of a 2015 worldwide deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for an easing of economic sanctions.

Trump has suggested he would be willing to hold talks with Iranian leaders, but that would be impossible without permission from Khamenei, who has the final say on all major policies.

In remarks carried by state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "along with sanctions, Americans have recently raised two more options, war and talks..."

"America's withdrawal from the nuclear deal is a clear proof that America can not be trusted", state TV quoted Khamenei as telling a gathering attended by thousands of Iranians.

They also appeared to rule out any hope of fresh talks with Washington following Trump's withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimposition of sanctions last week. While the USA has been pressing its allies to completely refuse Iranian oil imports, the Islamic Republic has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, effectively blocking all the oil shipments from the Persian Gulf, should they accede to American demands. There have been popular protests against economic mismanagement and attacks by conservatives on the reformist government of President Rouhani.

Tehran has repeatedly blasted the U.S. for the move, vowing to restart its nuclear program in retaliation against any foreign restrictions.

"More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement [by the government] is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians..."

The judiciary said Sunday it had arrested 67 people under a sweeping corruption crackdown and prevented 100 government employees from leaving the country. The protests over the cost of living have often turned into anti-government rallies. He said the deal was not working and also has said Iran must stop meddling in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

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