Iran: US failed to act on promises
IRAN: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that
the United States failed to act on its promise to establish better ties
with the Islamic Republic, Iran’s satellite channel Press TV reported.
“The new (US) administration and president claimed interest in just
and fair relations; they wrote letters and sent messages... saying they
are willing to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic, but in
practice they did the opposite,” Khamenei said in a New Year address to
Iranians in the holy city of Mashhad.
The Iranian supreme leader also lashed out at the United States for
supporting the unrest following Iran’s presidential election in June
2009, saying the enemies had plans to start a “civil war” in the
“They tried very much to divide the people but they failed... this
was a victory for the nation,” Khamenei said. “Eight months after the
election, they took the worst possible stance. The (U.S.) president
called those rioters and saboteurs ‘civil rights activists’,” he added.
Khamenei said it was normal for Iran to have enemies as “it is
supported by the nations around the world” and the United States, on the
other hand, “is hated by the nations around the world for decades of
aggression and invasion.”
Khamenei’s remarks came just one day after US President Barack Obama
said that his administration still seeks dialogue with Iran over its
nuclear issue but the Iranian government has chosen isolation.