If Iran's oil export is blocked, no other country in region will export oil either: Imam Khamenei

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Tehran (ISNA) - The Foreign Minister, staff and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as Iranian ambassadors and senior diplomats serving abroad, met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution-- Ayatollah Khamenei-- on July 21, 2018.

The following are the statements his eminence made at this meeting:

President’s remarks in his recent trip to Europe stating, ‘If Iran’s oil export is blocked, no other country in the region will export oil either,' is a crucial remark expressing Islamic Republic's approach. Foreign Ministry must sternly follow up on such stances by President.

I have previously pointed out that Americans' words or even signatures cannot be relied on; thus negotiations with the U.S. are useless. The assumption that negotiations or establishing ties with the U.S. would solve the country's problems is an obvious error.

The U.S. has fundamental issues with the essence of the Islamic establishment. Moreover, there are many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America which have relations with the United States, yet they are facing plenty of problems.

The U.S. authorities seek to return to the position and status they enjoyed in Iran before the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and they will not be content with anything less than that.

Negotiations with the Europeans do not to stop; however, we should not linger, waiting for the European pack. Meanwhile, the numerous tasks that need to be carried out inside the country should be followed up.

Western governments are a manifestation of violating human rights; however, they shamelessly accuse Iran in a way that one is shocked at how blatant and unashamed they can be.

European, western governments’ crimes in their colonies, curbing democracy to rules, ideas of certain groups, partisan dictatorship in the U.S. and some European states as well as their recent crimes e.g. complicity in Saudi's massacre of Yemenis are cases of human rights violation by West.

Accusing Iran is a key perpetual psychological war agenda by the enemies. To achieve this goal, Iranophobia, anti-Iran sentiments and demonizing Iran, accusing Iran of "violating democracy, lacking freedom and violation of human rights" are constantly repeated in their propaganda.

Some—erroneously— talk about the necessity of separating diplomacy from ideology, while there is nothing wrong with an 'ideological diplomacy'. It is wrong and illogical to inculcate [in public opinion] that there exists a contradiction between ideology and national interests.

The goal of establishing the Islamic Republic is to safeguard national interests, independence, freedom, social justice as well as national power and security. [IRI] Ideology seeks to provide and protect national interests and is thus considered a nation's identity.

U.S. officials repeatedly mention "American Values" in their speeches—which represents their ideology, derived from the U.S. Declaration of Independence. In European countries, too, ideological views rule over their political behaviour and activities.

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