Following months of silence on sanctions imposed on his regime and its international isolation, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke about this issue on Tuesday. His words once again portrayed the regime’s absolute deadlock.
Khamenei said: “There are two ways. The first is to neutralize sanctions [effects] and conquering them. The second way is the sanctions being lifted.” As for negotiations, he said: “We tried the path of sanctions being lifted and negotiated for years. But this reached no result.” But as for the so-called “conquering,” sanctions he said: “This path may have difficulties and problems at the beginning, but it has a good end.”
He then said: “We have a lot of capacity and ability to neutralize sanctions as long as we want and try delving into the heart of problems.”
But what are these capacities and abilities that Khamenei speaks about them? Instead of giving a real solution, he said some general words about resolving budget deficits, government investment and public institutions, and boosting and supporting the poor.
Khamenei has no solutions for Iran’s economy. Because he is the head of a hydra of corruption, which controls a financial empire of at least $90 billion, Khamenei and his regime have and will be wasting the national resources and wealth on terrorism and domestic oppression.
The very same terrorist nature of the regime and its warmongering policies also makes any negotiations with the regime impossible. In this regard, Khamenei complained about not being able to pursue his warmongering policies freely.” They tell us not to interfere in the region, while they have the most destructive interference in the region’s affairs. While Britain and France have deadly nuclear missiles and Germany is on this path, they tell us not to have missiles,” Khamenei complained.
Khamenei’s remarks are the basis of the argument on which Khamenei rejects negotiations and a new agreement.
There was a similar argument in March 2018, before the US withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. France tried to prevent the US from withdrawing by bringing the regime to the negotiating table to complete the nuclear agreement by imposing restrictions on the regime’s missile program and its regional interventions.
But when Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, went to Iran, the regime’s officials refused to accept restrictions on the missile program and regional activities. Thus, the regime was more pushed into international isolation, and sanctions were reimposed.
Now at the height of its regional and international isolation, the regime cannot negotiate more than before. Because negotiations now will have consequences for the regime, and it has to give some points to the other side. Thus, there will be more rift at the top of the regime, resulting in another popular uprising.
Indeed, people’s uprising is the regime’s real concern. The major Iran protests in November 2019 rattled the regime’s foundations. The factors which initiated the 2019 uprising, such as the people’s economic grievances caused by the regime’s mismanagement, or 40 years of oppression, still exist and intensified. The current COVID-19 crisis, coupled with the regime’s mismanagement, has increased society’s restiveness.
Fearing the restive society, Khamenei acknowledged that people have livelihood problems and “in recent month the coronavirus crisis has been added,” to people’s problems. Yet, as Iran’s highest authority, he refused to give any solution for the crises engulfed the country, portraying the regime’s absolute deadlock.
So, in a nutshell, Khamenei’s remarks showed his regime’s international and domestic isolation, which have prompted him to resort to more contraction. This contraction, which means more oppressive measures inside Iran and terrorism abroad, will undoubtedly increase the Iranian people’s hatred and more international pressure on the regime.