After the tensions between the United States and Iran reached new heights, President Trump expressed his will to talk with Iranian officials to calm down the situation, but Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the offer for talks is a deception.
According to Reuters, the remarks by Khamenei were published on his website on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump shared his will to start the talks.
“Negotiations are a deception for what they want. A weapon is in your hands and they don’t dare come close. They say drop the weapon so I can do whatever I want with you. This is negotiation,’’ said Khamenei.
Khamenei said this after Trump stated that he was not seeking a war with Iran and that he would meet with Iran’s leaders to escape the conflict.
“I’m not looking for war, and if there is, it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before. But I’m not looking to do that. But you can’t have a nuclear weapon,’’ said Trump.
Trump was also asked if the talks have some precondition, to which he said that there are no preconditions.
Tensions between the United States and Iran have been high for weeks after the attacks on two Japan-bound oil tankers and the destruction of a U.S. spy drone. The U.S. has blamed Iran for the tanker attacks and has said the drone was shot down over international waters at the time of the attack, The Hill reports.
Official Iran denied any responsibility for the tanker attacks and said that the spy drone was flying over its own territory and that is why it got destroyed.