Sep 8, 2018, 1:18 AM
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Leader: Iran, Russia can contain US threat to humanity

Tehran, Sept 8, IRNA – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that one of the areas where Iran and Russia can cooperate includes harnessing the US, as it poses a threat to the humanity and it is possible to harness it.

While receiving Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed hope for fruitful outcomes of the trilateral summit meet in Tehran and endorsed the remarks made by the Russian President concerning the necessity for expansion of cooperation between the two countries. He asserted: “The cooperation between Iran and Russia on the issue of Syria was a prominent example of the two countries’ bilateral cooperation, which truly illustrated convergence.”

Emphasizing the fact that cooperation between Iran and Russia can expand in the arena of international affairs, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: “One of the areas where the two parties can cooperate includes harnessing the US; because the US poses a threat to the humanity and it is possible to harness it.”

Ayatollah Khamenei described the events that unfolded in Syria as a successful example of containing the US and remarked: the Americans [officials] have now suffered a real defeat in Syria and have failed to achieve their goals.

Laying out the goals of the United States in the onset of the crisis in Syria, especially after the fall of the U.S.-backed puppets in Egypt and Tunisia, he said: the Americans wanted to use the situation in Arab countries at that time to their advantage, and make up for the blow they suffered in Egypt and Tunisia by removing the Syrian government that supports the resistance axis; however, they have now been completely defeated.

Referring to President Putin’s remarks, the Supreme Leader said: the Islamic Republic has so far respected its obligations with regards to the JCPOA; the Europeans, however, have not fulfilled their duties, and it is not acceptable that we should fully abide by our commitments, while they do not have to respect theirs.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the Russian President’s outlook regarding the JCPOA as benevolent and stressed: Regarding the JCPOA, the Islamic Republic would take stance that serves the interests and dignity of the country and the nation.

The Leader went on to say: Although the American officials are raising the issue of missile program and regional issues related to Iran, their problem with Iran goes far beyond these questions.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted: The Americans have been trying to uproot the Islamic Republic of Iran for forty years, but we have substantially developed over this period. The Islamic Republic’s resistance and achievements are another successful example of containing the US.

Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed the grounds for involvement of Russia in other issues in the region, and mentioned the catastrophic condition of the Yemenis and their slaughter by the Saudis, stating: the Saudis will definitely not get any results in Yemen, and they will not be able to bring the resistant people of Yemen to their knees.

During this meeting, in which Mr. Jahangiri—the first vice president of Iran—was also present, the Russian president evaluated the negotiations with his Iranian counterpart on issues of mutual interest including the matter of Syria as fruitful and valuable and stated: “In the negotiations, we stressed expanding relations between the two countries in all areas, especially through economic and commercial cooperation.”

Putin added: “In the area of energy, we proposed a project on establishing a new nuclear power plant and some other low-capacity power plants; we also discussed electrifying railways and increasing the sale of Iranian oil.”

The President of Russia regarded the present capacities and facilities for developing relations between the two countries as much higher than the current level and referred to the efforts of the U.S. to throw obstacles in this way by means of various methods including financial transactions, reiterating: “The Americans are making a big strategic mistake by causing limitations on financial transactions, because, for the sake of a short-term political gain, they will make dollar unreliable and weak in the international arena.”

Putin mentioned that the JCPOA was the next topic of discussion with the Iranian president. Expressing regret over some parties not abiding by their commitments regarding Iran in the JCPOA, the Russian president stated: “The U.S. has created a difficult situation by taking inappropriate measures, and the Europeans are, in practice, following the U.S. because of their dependence on them, even though they announce they were looking for ways to save the JCPOA.
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