Monday, 13 January, 2020

Iran’s supreme leader bans further negotiations with the United States

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, Reuters reported.

Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, already said last month there would be no more talks with the United States after the nuclear deal, but has not previously declared an outright ban.

“Negotiations with the United States open gates to their economic, cultural, political and security influence. Even during the nuclear negotiations they tried to harm our national interests.,” Khamenei was quoted as saying on his website.

“Our negotiators were vigilant but the Americans took advantage of a few chances,” he said.

Although he supported the last 18 months of negotiations, Ayatollah Khamenei has not publicly endorsed the nuclear agreement with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia that settled a standoff of more than a decade.

The agreement, which curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions being lifted, was welcomed by Iranians who are keen to see their living standards improve and better relations with the rest of the world.

It was also a great political victory for Rouhani and his faction in Iran ahead of some key elections next year and as such has deepened the divide in Iran’s complex power structure between moderates and hardliners.

In his address to Revolutionary Guards Navy commanders, Khamenei said talks with the United States brought only disadvantages to Iran.

“Through negotiations Americans seek to influence Iran … but there are naive people in Iran who don’t understand this,” Khamenei was quoted as saying to the IRGC commanders, who are also running much of Iran’s military involvement in Syria.

“We are in a critical situation now as the enemies are trying to change the mentality of our officials and our people on the revolution and our national interests,” Khamenei told the Guards.

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  1. Kin Candle

    October 10, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    I read a passage about someone being judged falsely that they looked like someone from ISIS, and how they “hated” this because it was based off of their skin color as the reason for this hateful judgement.

    My response and thoughts upon this were as follows:

    In our heart is the best place to refer to for a separation of hate stemmed from others reactions to ourselves even if it is at times racism that we may receive.

    I say this because if we don’t look to our selves and our self love then we won’t love what is external to ourselves, like the judgment of our neighbor upon us. To connect back with our love that is everlasting in our heart and words, we then have the ability and presence of forgiveness of others judgements and hate.

    Remember that “hate is not from heritage, it is from a heritage of hate.” What that means is that if we grow up learning from our elders and those whom raised us only hateful teachings then we have only inherited the teachings of hate from ourselves to openly display back forth into life and into the great spirit. This hate now separates us from our love we strive for to retain in our heart and mediation of words spoken aloud to each other. And without this meditation from the prayer of love, any coexistence of each other in peace cannot occur.

    In a sense it is not the woman’s fault whom judged you, and who’s words and actions you hated. It is each other’s fault and all of ourselves to blame for this.

    To recognize this is the only true to step acknowledge our self hate as the first step to cast any hate out from ourselves that may be existing within our vessel and to replace love into where hate once existed. This is the break of the cycle. Love. A very simple reality to create space for within ourselves. To feel good, and to continue feeling good when those whom have not learned love yet approaches us with a heritage they grew up with that was raised with hate as the space created. Our love when met with hate always casts out hate. Even if it is ourselves that we sacrifice at times for the overall message and presence of love to always and forever remain in the hearts of humanity.

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