Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with thousands of Iranian laborers on Wednesday, touched upon the reasons of his pessimism towards the U.S. and said: "The Americans sometimes complain from afar that why ‘you are pessimistic about us’? Well, we are witnessing issues that cause such pessimism and we cannot turn a blind eye to them."
Ayatollah Khamenei said they write on the paper and say that “banks can deal with Iran” but in practice, they act differently so as to foster “Iranophobia,” adding: “The Americans say Iran is a country that is sponsoring terrorism and sanctions may be imposed on it because of supporting terrorism.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: “Of course, on the issue of terrorism, the Americans are worse than all terrorists and based on available information they are still abetting infamous terrorists.”
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to another method of “Iranophobia” used by the US government in order to stymie practical cooperation with Iran on the part of foreign banks and investors, saying: “They claim that the reason for foreign countries not cooperating [with Iran] is Iran’s domestic conditions while there is no country safer than Iran in the region and domestic conditions in Iran are safer than America itself, where several people are killed every day, and are even safer than European countries, and Iran’s domestic conditions are very good to the dismay of the enemies.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution also said the US officials’ frequent emphasis on the need to maintain the structure and regime of sanctions imposed on Iran is another clear method of “Iranophobia aimed at preventing presence of foreign investors” in Iran, noting: “We are facing such an enemy, and for every activity we intend to do, we have to take into account the presence of this enemy.”