Khamenei on Trump presidency: “We have no concern” (UPDATE 2)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 16
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
The Islamic Republic is prepared for any development, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said commenting on Republican Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election.
He made the remarks during a meeting with residents of the central Iranian province of Isfahan on Nov. 16, the supreme leader’s official website reported.
"We have no concern and we are prepared for any possible development," Khamenei said. "Unlike some of those in the world who have either been mourning or celebrating the results of the American elections, we are neither mourning nor celebrating, and the results make no difference to us."
He further said the two US parties – Democrats and Republicans – are same and have done no good to Iranian nation in the past 37 years.
Khamenei added that the most important thing for him is to have the country live through the possible problems.
"The enemy has focused on our economy and considers it [the economy] as the Islamic Republic’s weak point through which it is suitable to impose goals," he added.
The Iranian leader also underlined that commitment to the principles of the Islamic Revolution is the first necessity for Iran today.
Iranian officials have so far made similar statements about Trump’s victory.
President Hassan Rouhani said Nov. 9 that the election results have no impact on the Islamic Republic’s policy, underlining that the nuclear deal is independent of the US administrations’ decisions and cannot be overturned by a government change.
The P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the UK, the US as well as Germany) reached a historic deal with Iran last year to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in return of lifting the nuclear related sanctions. The deal came into force in January.
Trump severely criticized the deal during his presidential campaign.
He said he would rip up the Iran nuclear deal, which was aimed at curbing the nation's ability to acquire nuclear arms.
"The nuclear deal puts Iran, the number one state sponsor of radical Islamic terrorism, on a path to nuclear weapons," Trump said in one of his convention speeches.