Tehran (Basirat) :In a meeting with the cabinet members on July 15, 2018 Ayatollah Khamenei made important statements regarding the European Commission’s support package for Iran. These statements are published for the first time by Khamenei.ir
You should follow tasks in a serious way within the laws of the country. You
should not wait for anything or anyone. One day, we made the economy of the
country dependent on the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. The
JCPOA failed to eliminate our economic problems and to help us in a noticeable
way. The result was that the people became "conditional” towards the JCPOA so
much so that when that dude [Donald Trump] announced that he wanted to get out
of the deal, we experienced turbulence in our market. This has continued since
he has declared so. Consequently, we have become conditional. We have
conditioned the people to this situation, too.
As for the European packages and proposals, we should not condition the people
again. Of course, the Europeans have no other choice, much to their displeasure!
They should say how they want to defend our interests through these proposals
which are referred to as "packages”. However, you should not turn this into one
of the main issues of the country. Whether or not European packages are offered
to us, we have certain tasks to carry out in the country. We have certain duties
and regulations. These duties should be fulfilled and you should pursue them. We
should not tie down the economy of the country to something which is not in our
Of course, they are behaving in a nasty way—I do not want to enter into the
discussion about the European packages, European behavior and the like, as this
requires a detailed discussion—I have said to Mr. President that they are
sticking to their November timetable and they are constantly putting it off to
November so that they give us very little or give us nothing once everything is
firmly established and once sanctions are fully in place. This is what they are
after. This shows their malevolence.
I read in the newspaper that Trump has said that he wanted to give some words of
advice to Theresa May about adopting strict measures against Iran, but that it
was her, instead, who gave him words of advice in that regard. They are such
people. Then, they call Dr. Rouhani to express respect and to show their good
will. They should be viewed like this [with suspicion] because they are vicious
people. They are very vicious. I have tons of things to say about the Europeans,
not because of their present-day policies, rather because of the viciousness
that European governments have shown in the course of the past centuries. I have
many things to say, but I do not want discuss these matters now.
In any case, you should not tie down the economy of the country to European
packages. We have certain tasks to carry out inside the country and we should
attend to them. Of course, they should certainly abide by it [the packages].
However, we will not rely on them for the resolving our problems.
Of course, I believe that relations should be maintained. Friends who have been
in contact with me all these years know that when it comes to diplomatic
relations, I believe that relations should be strengthened, developed,
actualized and expanded. This is what I believe in. I do not believe in
isolation, breaking off relations and the like, except for a few cases like that
of the US. Apart from that, I do not believe in these things. Our relations with
the East should be strengthened. Our relations with the West should be
strengthened as well and we should do this as much as we can. The operational
and purposeful activities in the realm of diplomacy should be expanded. In other
words, the diplomacy of the country should expand its activities: purposeful