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Khamenei Warns of Internal Divisions in Iran over Foreign Agreements

Khamenei Warns of Internal Divisions in Iran over Foreign Agreements

Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 12:30
Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei. (Reuters)
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Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei threatened on Thursday to inflict the “heaviest defeat” in US history, while urging members of the country’s Assembly of Experts “not to be at each other's throats over this or that convention or agreement”.

Khamenei’s remarks follow the Assembly’s statement labeling the Iranian effort to join the Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) global convention and Palermo Convention a “strategic blunder”.

Addressing his audience, Khamenei said: “When a certain convention or agreement is being discussed in the county, supporters and opponents should express their points of views, and the two sides should not accuse each other of camaraderie with the enemy” and inflame conflict with one another.

Speaking about US sanctions, he noted that while the United States talks about implementing “the strongest sanctions”, “if we mobilize maximum” resources, “we will inflict the heaviest defeat on America in that country’s history”.

Khamenei resorted to ambiguous rhetoric when voicing his position on internal differences and divisions on fundamental issues troubling the Iranian decision-making circles today, especially foreign policy.

He acknowledged the existence of divisions by referring to them as “dual standards” in eleven key areas of the country, calling on his followers to “separate their ranks from those of the enemy,” adding that one should not accuse anyone who opposes him of “supporting the enemies.”

He reiterated his warning against dealing with Europeans and Americans. In this regard, he referred to former experiences and warned that “a person should not fall into the same trap twice”.

His warnings come after the government denied last week holding secret negotiations with the United States, brokered by Oman.

The US has re-imposed harsh sanctions on Iran, including its oil exports and banking sectors, after first leaving the 2015 nuclear deal in May 2018.

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