| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Iran’s supreme leader criticizes U.S. over Ukraine crisis

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Tuesday that the war in Ukraine should be ended, accusing the US, which he described as a “mafia-like administration,” of fomenting the violence.

Iran’s senior political official also stated that the source of the crisis must be identified.

“Essentially, the US administration causes crises, feeds off of crises, and feeds on diverse global crises. Ukraine is yet another casualty of this approach “In a televised speech, Khamenei stated.

“Ukraine, in my opinion, is a victim of crises contrived by the United States,” Khamenei added.

“There are two lessons to be learnt here. States which depend on the support of the U.S. and Western powers need to know they cannot trust such countries,” he added.

While Iran and the United States have been foes for decades, Tehran and Moscow are strategic partners. Tehran and Moscow are military allies in the conflict in Syria. Russia is also an important trade partner because of Western sanctions against Iran.

Khamenei criticised Washington and other Western nations as talks reached a critical stage in Vienna between Iran and world powers about reviving a 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran said on Monday efforts to revive the pact could succeed if the United States took a political decision to meet Tehran’s remaining demands, as months of negotiations enter what one Iranian diplomat called a “now or never” stage.

The stakes are high, because the failure of 10 months of talks could carry the risk of a fresh regional war, more harsh sanctions on Iran by the West and continued upward pressure on world oil prices already strained by the Ukraine conflict.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the remaining issues were the extent to which sanctions would be rolled back, providing guarantees that the United States would not quit the pact again and resolving questions over uranium traces found at several old but undeclared sites in Iran.

All parties involved in the talks say progress has been made toward the restoration of the pact to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, which the United States abandoned in 2018. But both Tehran and Washington have said there are still some significant differences to overcome.

  • Reuters