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Iran Rules Out Talks With Trump

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump recently floated the idea of paying Iran to come back into compliance with the Obama-era nuclear peace deal that he unilaterally withdrew from, but Iran's supreme leader has seemingly ruled that out.

We have no way of knowing if Iranian officials were even considering the proposal, but if they were considering it they likely stopped the moment the Trump regime blamed Iran for an attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil refinery.

Iran's supreme leader says they will "never" talk to American officials.

Trump said on Monday that it looked like Iran was behind the strike at the heart of the Saudi oil industry, which cut 5% of global production, but stressed he did not want to go to war. Iran denied it was to blame.

“Iranian officials, at any level, will never talk to American officials ... this is part of their policy to put pressure on Iran,” Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying.

He said talks could only take place if the United States returned to a nuclear accord between Iran and the West that Trump abandoned last year.

There does appear to be a trend line along which Iran is blamed for virtually everything that goes wrong in the Middle East including recent attacks on oil tankers and Saudi Arabia's largest oil refinery. And you know what? Maybe they did have some small hand in those attacks even if they didn't carry them out directly. Maybe they supplied those who did. I don't know.

I don't know where all of this is leading, but Trump is definitely not the person who's going to lead us out of it.

Trump spoke to reporters yesterday evening and implied that we may attack Saudi Arabia's regional rival for them if they pay us like mercenaries.

When Trump claimed that his former national security adviser John Bolton was 'holding him back,' I think this what he meant. It's not that Trump is a dove who was egged on by his bloodthirsty adviser; it's that Trump's most imbecilic and treacherous ideas were suppressed.

Bolton was an organized warmonger while Trump is a flailing one.

  • muselet

    Iran supports the Houthi against the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. Iran probably—almost certainly—provides the rebels with arms and intelligence, but I’ve seen nothing to indicate it’s doing more than that (necessary disclaimer: my research into this consists mostly of reading BBC News and Juan Cole’s website). I doubt the government is stupid and suicidal enough to do what the US is now claiming, launch missiles from its own territory to hit Saudi oil facilities.

    Iran has decided to play hardball with the Trump administration, which was entirely predictable. I’m not sure it’s the smart move—pledging to assist in any inquiries and flatly stating a willingness to negotiate would have been wiser—but Iran has done dumb things before.

    There’s lots to dislike about Iran, but there’s at least as much to dislike about Saudi Arabia. It’s too bad we won’t just stand back and watch the two of them duke it out.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    I have no idea if Iran is involved with this attack but I do wonder that if they were would it have prevented if dipshit decided to honor the Obama agreement? Oh and not for nothing but the idea of now paying for something that we were getting for free, so to speak, is the opposite of a good deal.

  • Nefercat

    How I long for a president, any president, that doesn’t always look like he’s sitting on the can trying to drop a big one.

    • Draxiar

      Have no illusions, he IS trying to drop a big one because it’s the only way he puts forth an idea.

  • Badgerite

    My question would be “payment” to whom, of course. trump and Kushner, personally of course, but gop coffers as well?