Khamenei Advisor on Defense Affairs Gen. Hossein Dehghan: We Will Never Negotiate with Trump




Published on Jul 29, 2019

Iranian General Hossein Dehghan, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's advisor on defense affairs, said in a July 26, 2019 interview on the Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) that Iran's downing of an American drone in June 2019 proved that Iran is strong enough to take "significant measures" against the United States and that it would confront threats to its national security. He said that Iran would not tolerate a situation in which it cannot export oil through the Persian Gulf and through the Strait of Hormuz and in which America, Britain, and Europe secure other countries' oil exports. General Dehghan went on to say that Iran is unwilling to negotiate with Trump under any circumstances, and he said that there is a big rift among GCC countries, some of which he said have turned to Iran and said that they do not support Trump's positions. He also claimed that the U.S. has adopted a "defensive approach" because American allies and American military assets in the Middle East are within range of Iran's missiles. He threatened: "Either everybody enjoys security and stability, or nobody does."

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