Nov 13, 2019 07:01 UTC

Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on Sunday November 3 granted audience in Tehran to a large group of university and high school students, on the eve of the “National Day of Campaign against Global Arrogance” that marks the heroic capture of the U.S. Den of Espionage in the Iranian capital in 1979.

He praised the dedication of the new generation to the values and ideals of the Islamic Revolution saying, saying the revolutionary students who took over the so-called U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, forty years ago, enabled the nation to permanently shut the door for American infiltration in Iran. The following is the first part of Ayatollah Khamenei’s memorable speech.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution praised Allah Almighty for His Favours, and saluted the Master of the all Divine Messengers, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). He paid tribute to the Prophet’s Immaculate Household, the Ahl al-Bayt, and greeted the Lord of the Age, Imam Mahdi (AS) – may God hasten his reappearance for establishment of the global government of peace, prosperity and justice.

He said: “Welcome dear youth and beloved children of this nation. You are a new and enthusiastic generation which is thirsty for hard work. Today, the new generation in our country thankfully has these characteristics: they are full of energy, power and motivation and they are ready to do every task towards which they feel responsible. This is what we witness in most youth of the country. Well, this is a great provision and it is very valuable. The existence of an abundance of youth – millions of them – in a country that has so much capacity for work and endeavor is a great blessing.

“I would like to reiterate the issue that I have repeated time and time again. There is a policy to deprive the Iranian nation of this blessing: the blessing of the abundance of youth. In ten, fifteen years’ time, the consequence of the decrease in population will be that you will not see an abundance of youth in the country and this is the reason why I repeat and stress this matter and issue warnings about it. There are some dangers and some perilous measures whose consequence are likely to manifest itself in 10, 20 years and that will be the time when nothing can be done about it. Of course, the honourable officials have promised me to pursue this matter in a serious way and to eliminate the problems. By Allah’s favour, they will do that. And I will pursue it as well.

“In any case, the existence of you youth and dear ones is a blessing for Iran. You should preserve yourselves on the straight path because the country needs you. It needs you in the real sense of the word. You should build your country and help it move forward. Of course, the youth who tread the wretched path of materialistic desires, drugs and the like cannot be expected to do so. It is motivated and enthusiastic youth with a sense of responsibility – in other words, you young and pious forces of the country – who will build the country.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said in his speech: “Today, I will raise a point about the U.S. – because the occasion of our gathering and our meeting is related to it – and if there is time, I will raise points about domestic issues. As for the U.S., I tell you that the US has not changed in any way since November 1964 when the U.S.-installed regime sent our dear Imam Khomeini (RA) into exile - until now. The U.S. is the same U.S. The same wolfish qualities which existed in those days, exist in the U.S. in the present time as well. The same urge for global and international dictatorship exists in the U.S. today. Those days, the U.S. was an international dictator with its gendarmes placed in different parts of the world. In our country and region, its gendarme and mercenary was Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In other parts of the world, there were other gendarme. Today, the same dictatorship exists, but with newer methods and tools.

“There is the same wolfish quality, the same international dictatorship, the same malevolence and the same desire for having no limits – it has no limits and borders. The U.S. is thus the same U.S. Of course, it has weakened today. The U.S. has become weaker compared to the year 1964, but it has also become wilder and more brazen. This is what the U.S. is.

“The U.S. showed enmity towards Iran. Throughout the history of U.S.-Iran relations, the U.S. has always shown enmity towards Iran. This even happened during the time of the Pahlavi regime. Its enmity towards Iran before the Revolution was overthrowing of the national government in 1953. An American agent came to Tehran with a suitcase full of dollars and he went to the British Embassy, from where he began distributing money to hire certain persons, launch a coup and overthrow the national government.

“Of course, the administration (of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq) was also to blame. Its mistake was its blind trust in the U.S. The U.S. anyway installed a corrupt regime dependent on it. There is no worse form of enmity. The U.S. dominated our armed forces, our oil, the policies of our country and our culture: it was a complete domination. This continued from 1953 – coup d’état of August 19 – till the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Such was its enmity towards the Iranian nation and our country at that time.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed out: “And after the Revolution, it is clear how the U.S. has shown enmity. It either issues threats and imposes sanctions or utters hostile words, creates problems and tries to infiltrate the country. The U.S. have always been on bad terms towards Iran and the Iranians.

“Some people distort history, the U.S. itself does that. Those years (1981-to-1989) when I was president and went to the U.N. (in New York), a then well-known American journalist interviewed me, citing the capturing of the embassy – actually the Den of Espionage – as the starting point for the differences between Iran and the U.S. He said, since your youth captured the embassy, Iran and U.S. have begun to have problems. However, this is distorted history and this is not the truth of the matter. I corrected him. The differences between the Iranian nation and the U.S. began on the 19th August 1953, and even before that. On the 19th of August, the differences reached their peak. It was they who behaved in a treacherous and malicious manner by making the Iranian nation suffer from a corrupt and dependent regime as a result of a coup d’état. That was not a minor event!

“For many years, our country would be trampled upon by the regime which had been installed by the U.S. So, the starting point for the hostilities was the 19th of August 1953. Of course, prior to that, there were certain plans as well. Harry Truman’s plans during our teenage age – I remember it to some extent – had a friendly appearance, but hostile in reality. However, on the 19th of August everything became clear. The Americans entered the arena and launched a coup d’état in an independent country with a national administration which had trusted the Americans – Dr. Mosaddeq trusted the Americans and he was punished for that – and they installed a corrupt, malevolent, oppressive and cruel regime.

“In those days, the Iranian people adopted a realistic position towards the U.S. based on their heart-felt experiences. Notice that our magnanimous Imam Khomeini said in the year 1963 – ten years after the coup d’état of August 19 when Islamic and popular activities had already begun – that the Iranian nation hates nobody in the world more than the U.S. President. The Imam very well knew his people in the year 1963. That was the state of affairs.”

Ayatollah Khamenei noted: “The Islamic Revolution was basically against the U.S. You dear youth should know this. When the Islamic Revolution triggered mass nationwide rallies in 1978 and achieved victory in February 1979 under leadership of the Imam and with the presence of the masses of the people – who entered the arena to destroy the corrupt monarchy and established the Islamic Republic – it was basically against the U.S. The slogans of the people and of the groups who would pour onto the streets, braving, were anti-U.S. slogans. And during this time span – from 1978 to the present time: that is, 41 years, the U.S. has spared no effort in showing enmity towards the Iranian nation. It has done whatever it could do and whatever it knew, against the Iranian nation.

“These plots include coups d’états, various schemes, secessionist plots, sieges, war and the like- and you are witness to all these. Thankfully, today’s youth are smart. You can see that the Americans have done whatever they could during this period. They have shown enmity as much as they could.

“Of course, we did not sit idle. We too have done whatever we could to counter the U.S. We have managed to corner the opponent in the ring on certain occasions and it has failed to defend itself. This is completely clear and the whole world sees it.

“I want you youth to pay attention to the fact that the most important response that the Islamic Republic has given to the U.S. in the face of its plots, is that it has shut the door to political infiltration by the U.S. The Islamic Republic has shut the door to re-entry and re-infiltration of the U.S. When it is said we should not negotiate, this is one of the requirements and tools for preventing the U.S. from entering Iran.

“Of course, this is very painful for the Americans. The arrogant and conceited U.S. which obliges heads and officials of other countries to just agree to meet with it, has been insisting for many years on talks with the heads of the Islamic Republic but the Islamic Republic refuses to do so. This is very difficult for the U.S.

“This signifies that there is a nation and government in the world which neither accepts nor gives in to the usurping and evil power of the U.S. and its international dictatorship. This ban on negotiations is not an emotional course of action. There is a solid logic behind it as it shuts the door to its infiltration, it shows the power and glory of the Islamic Republic to the world and it belittles the other side in front of the whole world because by refusing to sit at the negotiating table with the U.S.”

The Leader said: “Some people think that negotiating with the U.S. solves the country’s problems. This is a grave mistake. They are one hundred percent wrong! The other side considers Iran’s acceptance and sitting at the negotiating table as bringing the Islamic Republic to its knees. It wants to say that Iran has finally been brought down to its knees with severe sanctions and agreed to sit at the negotiating table with them. It wants to say this to the whole world. It wants to prove that the “maximum pressure” policy is a correct policy that has worked because it has succeeded in bringing the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table. And I will tell you that it wants to say that the U.S. gave no concessions to the Islamic Republic.

“If Iranian officials had shown naivety by sitting at the negotiating table with U.S. officials, they would surely and definitely gained nothing. Neither sanctions nor pressures would have decreased. As soon as they negotiate, new demands and impositions would be brought up. For example, they would say that Iran should have such and such missiles, whose range should not exceed 100 or 150 km.

“Today, by Allah’s favor, our youth have built precisely accurate missiles whose range is 2,000 kilometers. At 2,000 km, they strike every target with an error range of less than a meter! Well, this is very difficult for them. They say that we should destroy these missiles, that their range should not exceed 150 kilometers. They are bringing up these matters. If you accept these terms, you will be ruined! If you do not accept them, it will be the same story you see. They will begin to say the same things that they say today: that the other side will not give any concessions to you.

“The Cuba and North Korea experiences are in front of us. The Americans went as far as exchanging words of love with North Korean officials, without negotiations. For instance, he said, “I love you”, the other one said, “me too” [audience laughs]! What was the result? The U.S. did not reduce even a little bit of the sanctions! The Americans are like this. They do not give concessions. They make you abandon your position and they rejoice for bringing down Iran to its knees with their maximum pressure policy. This is how negotiations work.