Backing Off: Iranian Supreme Leader Said Country Doesn’t Want War with U.S.

  • Despite increased hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, on Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran doesn’t want to go to war with the U.S.
  • Tensions have risen between the two countries since Iran announced it would back out of some of its key agreements made during the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Khamenei said: “There won’t be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance. We don’t seek a war, and they don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.”
  • However, Khamenei announced that Iran wouldn’t negotiate a new nuclear deal with the U.S. He called such negotiations “poison.”
  • Last year, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal, which was initially aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear abilities in exchange for easing sanctions.
  • Once he pulled out of the agreement, Trump re-imposed sanctions to make Iranian oil exports non-existent to force Iran back to the negotiating table.
  • On Sunday, the UAE said that four oil tanker ships were damaged, which U.S. authorities have blamed on Iran or Iranian sympathizers.
  • Trump has already warned Iran they would “suffer greatly” if they try to attack the U.S. in any manner.

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Iran’s Supreme Leader says there will be no war with U.S. READ
  • Radio Farda: Khamenei Says Neither Iran Nor U.S. Want A War READ

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