Iran’s Supremo: Iran’s foreign policy is “based on Islam”
Including, evidently, its genocidal hatred of America and Israel and determination to destroy them. In any case, in saying that Iran’s f1oreign policy is based on Islam, the Ayatollah Khamenei is offering Western analysts a clue, a tool they can use to understand Iran’s motives, goals, priorities and more. It is, however, the one tool that mainstream analysts are determined to ignore.
“Ayatollah: America Is the Source of the Region’s Problems, Not the Solution,” by Patrick Goodenough, CNS News, November 2, 2015:
(CNSNews.com) – America is the primary cause of the problems in the Middle East, and not part of the solution, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.
“Contrary to certain people’s belief, the U.S. is the cause of the major portion of regional problems and is not part of the solution to the problems,” he told a gathering of Iranian diplomats, including Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The speech was posted on the supreme leader’s Persian-language website, and reported in state media.
Khamenei also said there was no point in holding talks with the U.S. about regional problems, since the U.S. was interested only in getting its way.
“Americans want to impose their views rather than solve problems,” he said. “They want to impose 60 to 70 percent of their demands in talks and practically implement and impose the rest of their goals illegally. So what can such negotiations mean?”
Khamenei’s latest anti-U.S. diatribe came two days after Iran, for the first time, participated in multilateral talks aimed at finding a resolution to the Syrian civil war.
Zarif, who represented Iran in the talks in Vienna, also held a bilateral meeting there the day before with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Even though both men were in Vienna for the Syria talks, State Department spokesman John Kirby stressed the Zarif-Kerry meeting had dealt solely with the nuclear agreement reached last July, and that there was “no discussion about the conflict in Syria.”
Khamenei has prohibited negotiations with the U.S. on any subject apart from the nuclear issue.
In his speech Sunday, the ayatollah criticized what he called foreign propaganda suggesting Iran was shifting its foreign policy.
On the contrary, he said, “the Islamic Republic
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