ran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Donald Trump’s imminent presidency will make “no difference” to Iran’s relation with the United States Wednesday, saying that regardless of who is in power “America is the same America.”
Khamenei, who in his more than 30 years experience as the supreme leader and president of Iran has seen numerous U.S. administrations, said that regardless of who the U.S. president is, the country’s foreign policy has not helped his nation and had “no judgment” on last week’s election result.
“In the past 37 years, neither of the two parties who were in charge did us any good and their evil has always been directed towards us,” said Khamenei in a public address, according to AFP. Following the 1979 Iranian Revolution where Ruhollah Khomeini took over from the U.S. backed leader, formal diplomatic ties between the two states have remained all but nonexistent.
“We neither mourn nor celebrate, because it makes no difference to us ... We have no concerns. Thank God, we are prepared to confront any possible incident,” said Khamenei.
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Like many issues throughout his presidential campaigning, Trump made contradictory statements about Iran. Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran a “disaster” and at one time said he would tear up the deal which eases sanctions on Iran in exchange for a downgrading of its nuclear program.
Russia, China France, Germany and the EU are also signatories to the deal. Germany’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday commented that the Iran deal is “from our point of view, the right policy,” adding that they aim to convince Trump to keep the deal. On Monday other EU ministers in Brussels also reiterated their support for the deal.
A report from the National Iranian American Council with the support of 76 security experts also urged Monday for Trump to keep the deal.
Meanwhile, Iranian Central Bank Vice Governor Peyman Ghorbani said that he expected “more rationality” from Trump than what was said throughout his election campaigning, while at a conference in Frankfurt, Germany.
“Trump is at the end of the day a businessman ... I don't see major issues coming up," said Vali Zarrabieh, head of Iran-based Saman Bank.