Khamenei rejects talks with USA, praises Rouhani threat to close Hormuz Strait

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran warns US President Donald Trump to choose between'the mother of all peace and the mother of all wars

The speech - which will highlight issues such as "corruption of the regime", "brutal repression at home", and "religious persecution", according to a senior State Department official - comes amid a renewed hard-line by Washington toward the Islamic republic first made public in May with Pompeo's 12 demands for Tehran, which have been interpreted as regime-change policy despite denials by USA officials who say Washington only wants to change Iran's behavior. The same threat was earlier voiced by President Hassan Rouhani.

"It should be abundantly clear that Secretary Pompeo, who called for bombing Iran instead of negotiations, is no friend of the Iranian people".

"Pompeo warned Tehran that it would face 'the strongest sanctions in history" if it didn't change course and comply with the US demands.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on July 15 that the European signatories to the nuclear deal must provide Tehran with necessary guarantees about the continued implementation of the deal.

But it has since somewhat eased its stance, saying that it may grant sanction waivers to some allies that are particularly reliant on Iranian supplies.

Rouhani suggested that Iran has alternatives to shipping crude through Hormuz.

"Today, there is not a shred of doubt that America's rulers fiercely oppose the Palestinian nation", he said, pointing to the USA relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite global condemnation.

Khamenei has the last say in all state matters in the Islamic republic.

In Washington, U.S. officials familiar with the matter told Reuters that the Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear programme and its support of militant groups.

President Donald Trump has said he is open to a new deal that would cover not only Iran's nuclear facilities, but also its missile programme and regional interventions which are seen as a threat to Washington's Israeli ally. "Just as the Bush administration cultivated a few Iraqi exiles and talked about human rights to provide legitimacy for a disastrous invasion of Iraq, the Trump administration appears intent on using Iranian exiles to advance unsafe policies that will leave the Iranian people as its primary victims".

"I don't know the answer to that".

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.



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