Iran sanc­tions ‘big mis­take’: Na­tion of Is­lam leader

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Na­tion of Is­lam leader Louis Far­rakhan has said reim­pos­ing sanc­tions against Iran by Wash­ing­ton is a “big mis­take”, and that the era of U.S. to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism in the world is over.

Far­rakhan made the re­marks in a meet­ing with Mohsen Rezaee, sec­re­tary of the Ex­pe­di­ency Coun­cil, in Tehran on Sun­day.

“Chris­tians say the devil is a liar and they count Trump’s lies ev­ery day,” he stated, ILNA re­ported.

“Only the devil has been cre­ated with lies,” he added. Point­ing to the long his­tory of U.S. con­spir­a­cies against the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic, he said, “I un­der­stand what plots the en­e­mies have hatched against the Ira­nian na­tion and I am will­ing to stand by you to thwart their plots.”

Rezaee, for his part, called on Is­lamic coun­tries to unify against the en­e­mies.

“In the war be­tween the West and Is­lam, no Is­lamic coun­try can emerge vic­to­ries by it­self … In this con­fronta­tion, the world’s Mus­lims should get united and cre­ate a move­ment to counter the West’s hege­mony,” he re­marked.

Rezaee fur­ther urged the Ira­nian na­tion to be united in the face of U.S. hos­til­i­ties.

Em­pha­siz­ing the oath-break­ing na­ture of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, he said, “Trump vi­o­lated an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment. He con­tin­ues this il­le­gal and in­hu­mane be­hav­ior with cruel sanc­tions.”

“We will de­feat him, and by the grace of God, Mr. Trump will come back from these sanc­tions empty-handed,” he added.

In May Trump uni­lat­er­ally with­drew the U.S. from the 2015 his­toric nu­clear agree­ment and or­dered re­in­state­ment of sanc­tions on Iran. This came de­spite the fact that the UN nu­clear watch­dog, the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency, has re­peat­edly con­firmed Iran’s com­mit­ment to the nu­clear agree­ment.

‘U.S. has never had true democ­racy’

Far­rakhan also de­liv­ered a speech at the Univer­sity of Tehran on the oc­ca­sion of Aban 13, where he at­tached great im­por­tance to unity against the U.S. poli­cies.

He as­serted that the U.S. has never had true democ­racy. Else­where, Far­rakhan crit­i­cized the U.S. si­lence over mur­der of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi critic writ­ing in the Wash­ing­ton Post, was killed in the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oc­to­ber 2.

Riyadh ini­tially de­nied knowl­edge of Khashoggi’s fate, claim­ing that he had left the con­sulate. How­ever, later Saudis ad­mit­ted that he was killed in the con­sulate.

Is­tan­bul’s chief pros­e­cu­tor, Ir­fan Fi­dan, is­sued a state­ment on Wed­nes­day an­nounc­ing that the body of Khashoggi was dis­mem­bered af­ter he was stran­gled as soon as he en­tered the con­sulate.

Far­rakhan (L) holds talks with Rezaee

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