Leader: Iran's dispute with US dates back to 1953 coup and before

Tehran, Nov 3, IRNA – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that some try to distort history and say that Iran-US dispute originated from the seizure of the US embassy in 1979, whereas it dates back to US coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953.

Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with school and university students that the US-backed coup led to setting up a corrupt dependent regime in Iran.

Iran's Supreme Leader said that since November 1964, when the shah sent Imam Khomeini into exile, the US has not changed even a little bit. It is the same US, the same wolf, the dictator, the same evil that knows no borders.  

The US is less powerful than it was then; but wilder and more shameless right now, he said.

The US was hostile to the people of Iran even before the Islamic Revolution. They toppled a national government of Iran in a coup in 1953, although that government was somewhat responsible for the coup, because of the trust it placed in the US, he said.

The Leader of the Revolution stressed, “The Islamic Revolution was basically against the US, and the people shouted anti-American slogans. Since 1979 and up until today, during the last 41 years, the US has carried out all the hostile actions it knew against the Iranian people, including coups, ethnic provocations, arousing separatism, sanctions, sieges, etc. Of course, we were not inactive and did everything we could to confront the US, and in many cases, we managed to corner and debilitate them. Our most important response to the plots of the United States was to block the political re-infiltration of the country by the US.”

He also added, “Avoiding negotiations is one of the ways to block American infiltration. This is obviously hard on the US government. The imperialist America, which normally talks to other countries from a position of power, has for years insisted on negotiating with the leaders of the Islamic Republic, but the Islamic Republic has refused. This means that there is a nation and government in the world that does not recognize the usurpation, tyrannical power, and international dictatorship of the US.”

The Supreme Leader of the Revolution insisted, "This prohibition on negotiations is based on a firm logic. It blocks the enemy's infiltration, shows the world the greatness of the Islamic Republic, and destroys the false greatness of the US in the eyes of the world. Some imagine that negotiations will solve the problems. This is one hundred percent wrong. The US wants to show Iran that it has been brought to its knees by accepting to negotiate. They want to prove that the policy of maximum pressure has been the right choice, and then they will not concede a single point after that."

The Leader continued to explain, “If the officials of the Islamic Republic had naively negotiated, not only they would not have gained anything, the sanctions and pressures would not have been reduced, and there would have also been new demands as soon as the negotiations had started, ‘You are not allowed to have missiles…’

Today, our youth make missiles with a range of 2,000 km, and a precision of 1 m, capable of targeting any place they want. They demand that these missiles be destroyed and that our missiles have a maximum range of 150 km. If you accept, you will lose everything, and if you don’t, there will be no change in their approach.
The experiences of Cuba and North Korea are before your eyes. American and North Korean officials took photos and expressed love for each other. However, the sanctions weren’t reduced at all by the Americans.

This is how they negotiate. They would have claimed to have forced us to our knees, and would not have given away a single point.”

Imam Khamenei also stated, “The French president acts as a mediator. He contacts us and sends messages, saying that a single meeting with the U.S. president will solve all the problems. Either he is very naive, or he is an accomplice of the US.”

The Leader of the Revolution concluded, “Negotiating with the U.S. will not solve any problems. We tested this – although I was certain of it, but we wanted it to become clear for everyone – asking for the sanctions to be removed, and their return to the JCPOA, in order to negotiate in the framework of that agreement. But they did not accept.

They have new demands, and Iran will not accept these demands. They demand that we remain inactive in the region, refrain from helping the resistance, and give away our missiles. Later, they will demand that we do not insist on Hijab (the Islamic covering) and other laws. Their demands are endless. The U.S. seeks the position it had before the Islamic Revolution, but the Revolution and the Islamic Republic are stronger than this.”


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