Velayati

Iranian Leader’s Top Aide: Trump not trustworthy

FNA- Iranian Supreme Leader’s top aide Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that US President-elect Donald Trump and his predecessors are not reliable partners, cautioning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In his first reaction to Trump’s election victory earlier this month, the Syrian president struck a note of caution, and said he was unsure Trump would be able to keep his word and step up the fight against the terrorist groups.

Assad said in an interview that Donald Trump will be a “natural ally” if the US president-elect fulfills his pledge to fight “terrorists”.

Asked about Assad’s remarks, Velayati said, “Mr. Bashar Assad has been elected by the Syrian people and he is responsible to decide in the country and his positions are also related to Syria.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the Americans, either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton or Mr. Obama are not trustworthy,” he added.

In relevant remarks last month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that the experience of negotiations with Washington on the nuclear issue and the other side’s disloyalty to its undertakings proved that the US governments can never be trusted in any respect.

“This experience teaches us that promises by no US government can be trusted and nothing concrete should be done in lieu of their promises,” he said in a meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet ministers in Tehran.

“My criticism pertains to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), non-commitment and the evilness of the other side and it has nothing to do with our own officials because the negotiators have made round-the-clock efforts at their best and we appreciate these efforts,” the Supreme Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei endorsed President Rouhani’s active foreign diplomacy, but meantime reminded that Iran’s diplomatic efforts should be balanced and directed at expanding relations with all the world states.

The Supreme Leader reiterated that Asia, Africa and Latin America should have their proper share in Iran’s foreign policy.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the need for adopting active stances in the country’s foreign diplomacy, and said, “In areas such as regional issues which are very complicated and intertwined, we should enter the scene with precision, vigilance, power of thought, actively and effectively.”

The Supreme Leader, meantime, underlined the need for using the diplomatic capacities for the country’s economic progress.

Ayatollah Khamenei also warned that Iranian officials should never be fooled by the positive words and complements of the opposite sides, and said, “The only thing which can be trusted in area diplomacy is stable, definite, endorsed and reasonable action.”

The Supreme Leader further pointed to Iran’s military and security bodies as another major contributor to the country’s rigid and strong security shield, and reiterated that “such organizations should always be assisted and encouraged”.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the country’s defense equipment and capabilities as a major and necessary contributor to Iran’s security shield, and said, “The enemy is worried about Iran’s increasing defense and missile capabilities; hence boosting the country’s defense capabilities be should helped and supported.”

Also in August, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that the experience of negotiations with Washington on the nuclear issue and the other side’s disloyalty to its undertakings proved that talks with the US on the regional issues is a “lethal poison”.

“They (the Americans) want us to negotiate with them on the regional issues but the nuclear deal experience tells us that this (talks with the US) is a lethal poison and we cannot trust the Americans’ words in any issue,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large gathering of Iranian people from all walks of life in Tehran.

Noting that the regional problems and challenges between Iran and the US are insolvable through negotiations, he said, “The Americans want to take everything in return for nothing. Negotiations with such a government mean diversion from the correct path of the country’s progress, making repeated concessions and bearing their bullying, violations and disloyalty in practice.”

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the American officials’ letters to Iran in recent years in which they showed respect and interest in cooperation with Tehran, and said, “We said two years ago that the nation will see the nuclear talks as an experience to see what the Americans would do in practice and now it has become clear that they are still busy with plots and destructive measures.”

Noting that 6 months has passed since the start of the implementation of the nuclear deal with no tangible change in the Iranian people’s everyday lives, he said, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an experience proved again the fruitlessness of negotiations with the Americans, their disloyalty and the necessity for distrusting the US promises and showed that the way for the country’s progress and improving people’s living conditions is paying attention to the domestic potentials and not the enemies who are continuously rocking the boat for Iran in the region and the world.”