Velayati:

Iran not to be intimidated by Trump remarks

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TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (MNA) – Head of Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council has implied national reconciliation would not be an option when there is no clash of interests among the public.

Mr. Ali Akbar Velayati who was speaking to the press following his meeting with Secretary-General of the Islamic Union of Kurdistan Salahuddin Bahauddin on Wednesday, said that the US President Donald Trump should have worked to keep in cabinet from falling apart and refrain from deciding for the Islamic Republic of Iran; “the nation is united and keeps allegiance to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution,” he said, “a newly established administration has so far seen two changes right in its first 100 days. The head of such cabinet should take after his own administration.”

Velayati believed that Iranians would never be intimidated by Trump’s remarks, since they strongly responded his measures in February 10 rallies last week; “Trump should take lessons from the toppling by this nation of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi the famous despotic king of Iran; Iran is now a great power in the region and will not abandon easily its strong positions out of fear of such remarks and menaces,” Velayati indirectly addressed Trump.

On Syrian solution and Astana upcoming meeting, Leader’s senior international adviser said that any solution acceptable to Syrian people and government would also be accepted by Iran; “negotiations should provide the country with a just peace,” he added.

“Syrian territorial integrity should be recognized; Turkey and Saudi Arabia should end their support for extremists; only under such conditions will the Astana talks be successful in security stability to the country,” he told the press.

Turning to a hotly-debated issue of national reconciliation spearheaded by Reformist circles within the Establishment, Velayati echoed what had been the dominant view by the Establishment including the Leader himself about such demands; “national reconciliation would seem hollow in a situation when there is no conflict among the nation; the whole nation are reconciled with the Establishment and with themselves; thus, calls for reconciliation would not attract many eager minds under current situations,” he concluded.

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