TEHRAN (Dispatches) – The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces on Monday blasted the enemy’s bid for negotiations with Iran, saying it is a tactic to force the Islamic Republic to surrender to the U.S.
Addressing a videoconference on civil defense, Major General Muhammad Hussein Baqeri dismissed the idea of negotiations with the U.S. as a nonstarter.
"The enemy’s purpose is to make the Iranian nation cave in to the strategies and polices imposed by the U.S.,” the general warned.
"They want to bring Iran to the negotiating table, but the result of such negotiations has been already determined, and that is Iran’s surrender to the U.S.,” Baqeri added.
The top commander said capitulation runs completely counter to the goals of the Islamic Republic.
Iranian officials have repeatedly rejected the idea of direct negotiations with the U.S., stressing that Washington must first resume honoring its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and lift the sanctions on Tehran.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has ruled out the notion that "settlement of Iran’s problems hinges on rapprochement with the U.S.”
Negotiation with the U.S. will by no means solve Iran’s problems as Washington’s main objective is to hinder Iran’s progress, he has said, calling American officials are liars and deceitful.