“Our enemies are trying to strike a blow and hurt us by using two tools in their disposal, the pressure of economic sanctions and undermining our security. And they would exploit everything in their capacity toward that objective,” said Qasem Soliemani said addressing a meeting of the clerical regime’s repressive state security forces in Tehran.
“Management or operation in such an environment is very sensitive and important. In fact, I should say that the state security forces have a tough responsibility and must be vigilant every moment of every hour of every day. And we should admire and support them,” Soleimani told those members of the regime’s repressive forces attending the meeting.
Criticizing a failed attempt aimed at opening a channel of dialogue with Washington by the mullahs’ foreign minister during a trip to the U.S., Soleimani labeled such an initiative as “submission” and “disgrace.”
“The enemy is trying to bring us to the negotiating table by putting more economic pressure on us. This negotiation is equal to submission. Our people are vigilant and smart and believe that negotiating with the enemy in such circumstances is tantamount to absolute surrender. We would definitely not accept that,” the Quds Force chief added.
On his recent visit to the U.S., Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif repeatedly attempted to establish such a channel of dialogue with the U.S. administration, using different scenarios to appeal to his counterpart, including a prisoner swap offer.
On Monday, Ali Larijani, speaker of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) said dialogue with the U.S. under the current circumstances is “negligence” and a “strategic mistake.”
“Some are neglecting and say that we must enter a dialogue. Negotiations with [U.S. President Donald Trump] is meaningless. He has put forward 12 issues that the first one is wiping out our major objective, meaning we should abandon our enrichment and nuclear program altogether. Everything has its proper timing, and the timing for dialogue is not now,” Larijani said.