While Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supported President Hassan Rowhani’s diplomatic efforts at the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, he criticized some of what occurred there as “not appropriate.”
The moderate Rowhani spoke last week by telephone with U.S. President Barack Obama in the highest-level contact between the two countries since 1979.
“We support the government’s diplomatic movements and place importance on diplomatic efforts, and support what was in this last trip,” Reuters quoted Khamenei as saying in a speech reported by the ISNA news agency.
He added, however, that “some of what happened in the New York trip was not appropriate.”
“We are pessimistic towards the Americans and do not put any trust in them. The American government is untrustworthy, supercilious and unreasonable, and breaks its promises,” Agence France-Presse quoted him as saying.
Khamenei also criticized Washington for its alliance with Iran’s arch-foe, Israel.
The American administration “is a government that is seized by the international network of Zionism, and has to put up with the usurper (Israeli) regime and show flexibility towards it.”
Soon after the historic telephone call between Obama and Rowhani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the White House last Monday to secure a tougher line from the U.S. president.
After Netanyahu’s visit, Obama said military action against Iran is “still not off the table.”
This has sparked Iranian accusations of “flip-flop” by the U.S. leader.
During Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly last Tuesday, he warned that Israel was ready to go it alone in taking military action to prevent any possibility of Iran developing a nuclear weapons capability.
Khamenei, meanwhile, said any such action would be met with a “harsh” response.
The supreme leader added: “We hear the repetitive and disgusting threats of the Iranian nation’s enemies. Our response to any mischief will be serious and harsh.”
(With Reuters and AFP)
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