With the U.S. presidential elections less than a week away, Iran's Supreme Leader has weighed in with his thoughts on America and its leadership. The Jerusalem Post reports that while celebrating the anniversary of the 1979 siege of the U.S. embassy, Ayatollah Khamenei lashed out at D.C., calling American leadership unworthy of his trust:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rebuffed the prospect of thawing relations between his country and the US, calling the American leadership "liars, untrustworthy, deceitful and backstabbers."
Khamenei made the comments Wednesday on the Iranian calendar date marking the 37th anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran, the Tehran Times reported.
Despite the easing of sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program under a nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 world powers - the US, UK, China, France and Russia plus Germany - Iran's hardline top leader adamantly rejected the idea of further negotiations with Washington.
Khamenei charged that engaging in dialogue with the United States would be prone to failure and bring further problems to the Islamic Republic. He also lashed out at the administration in Washington, saying it is not trustworthy.
“Negotiation with the Americans would not resolve our problems because firstly they are liars, untrustworthy, deceitful and backstabbers, and secondly, the US is in crisis itself, and how would a crisis-ridden country be able to solve the problems of another country?” he asserted.