Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that “there is not going to be any war” with the United States, but that there will also be no renegotiation of the nuclear deal.
In a speech to state officials, Khamenei said the showdown between the Islamic republic and the United States was a test of resolve rather than a military encounter.
“This face-off is not military because there is not going to be any war. Neither we nor them [the US] seek war. They know it will not be in their interest,” he said, as quoted on the official Khamenei.ir website.
In separate tweets Tuesday evening, Khamenei explained Iran would not renegotiate the nuclear deal, as the Trump administration demands, because “negotiations are like a poison as long as the US remains the same way it is. And with the current US government is additionally poisonous.”
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