Khamenei Acknowledges Iran's Problems 'Internal,' Not Purely U.S. Sanctions


Iran's supreme leader said Monday that his country will neither go to war nor enter into negotiations with the United States as the Trump administration restores sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

"More than (U.S.) sanctions, economic mismanagement is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians". Washington reimposed strict sanctions against Iran last Tuesday and President Donald Trump has threatened to penalise firms from other countries that continue to operate in the Islamic Republic.

Analysts say USA hostility, including its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposition of sanctions, helped fuel the run on Iran's rial.

"Recently, US officials have been talking blatantly about us".

Thousands of Iranians have protested in recent weeks against sharp rises in the prices of some food items, a lack of jobs and state corruption. The Times of Israel notes Khamenei's outline on his English Twitter account as to why negotiations are out of the question, in which he calls the United States government a "duplicitous" one that uses a bait-and-switch-style "formula" during talks.

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"Today's livelihood problems do not emerge from outside, they are internal", Ayatollah Khamenei said in another tweet.

"Not that sanctions don t have an impact, but the main factor is how we handle them", he added.

There was also a show of military resolve as Defence Minister Amir Hatami unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile and vowed to further boost the country's missile capabilities.

There has been particular concern over the collapse of the rial, which has lost around half its value since April.

Ayatollah Khamenei's tweets followed a speech in Tehran, in which he described Mr. Trump's offer of talks as "a unsafe game" and his administration as a "bullying, fraudulent regime". "I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management", state TV quoted Khamenei as saying. "Negotiation with the bullying and very eager government of the USA means giving it an instrument through which it can add to its hostility", he said.