Iran’s supreme leader predicted Israel will not exist in 25 years and ruled out any new negotiations with the “Satan,” the United States, beyond the recently completed nuclear accord.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader predicted Wednesday that Israel will not exist in 25 years and ruled out any new negotiations with the “Satan,” the United States, beyond the recently completed nuclear accord.
In remarks published Wednesday on his website and in posts on Twitter, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, responded to what he said were claims that Israel would be safe for that period under the July nuclear agreement.
“After nuclear negotiations, the Zionist regime said that they will not be worried about Iran in the next 25 years,” Khamenei wrote. “I am telling you, first, you will not be around in 25 years’ time, and God willing, there will be no Zionist regime in 25 years. Second, during this period, the spirit of fighting, heroism and jihad will keep you worried every moment.”
Khamenei also emphasized, as he has in recent months, that he would not allow any new negotiations with the U.S. Politically moderate government officials, including the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have raised the possibility of discussing a solution for the war in Syria with the United States and its allies.
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Iranians must not forget that the United States is the “Great Satan,” Khamenei warned, criticizing those calling for better relations. “Some want to show this Satan as an angel, but the Iranian nation has pushed this Satan out. We should not allow it to sneak back in through the window.”
The remarks Wednesday came a day after President Obama secured enough support in the Senate to block passage of a resolution of disapproval in that chamber.
Khamenei last week ordered Iran’s Parliament to review the deal.
In recent weeks Khamenei, who tends to keep his political options open, has cautiously endorsed the deal but has also reached out to the hard-liners who oppose it. On Wednesday, he criticized government officials for not respecting the conservatives’ position, saying: “Officials of the country must respect the revolutionary young people and stop degrading them saying they are extremist.”
This is not the first time Khamenei has warned against broadening relations with the United States. Last week, he described further negotiations as “a way of imposing new demands.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, a strong opponent of the deal, seized on the ayatollah’s comments to continue his criticism.
“Khamenei doesn’t even leave any room for the supporters of the agreement to fantasize in,” Netanyahu said upon landing in London, where he was to meet Thursday with his British counterpart, David Cameron.