Iran Dominates World’s Energy Reserves: Jafari

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TEHRAN – Commander of the elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari Friday lashed out at the enemies of Iran for adopting policy of intimidation, and called on them to change behavior towards the Islamic Republic.

“Our enemies should change their behavior based on reality and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s authority,” Jafari said in a visit to the missile and vessel units of the IRGC Navy in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman on Friday. 

The commander also emphasized that Iran dominates the world’s strategic energy reserves, and as the guardian of this section of the world economy, it cares about the security of the Persian Gulf region. 

His remarks came after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei dismissed the US offer of direct talks with Iran, saying that the proposal has been made in word, while Washington’s actions show a different course, meaning that the offer is nothing but a cunning move. 

Addressing a gathering of Iranian Air Force commanders and personnel here in Tehran, the Leader rejected the US statesmen’s remarks that the ball is now in Iran’s court, and said, “The ball is in your court because you should answer and say if speaking of negotiations concurrent with pressures and threats basically bears any meaning.” 

“Negotiation is meant to prove the goodwill. But you make tens of (hostile) actions with ill intention and then speak of negotiations in words. Can the Iranian nation believe that you are driven by goodwill,” the Leader continued. 

He further stated that the US needs talks with Iran because Washington’s Middle-East policy has proved as a failure and Americans need to show a winning ace to repair their damaged reputation. 

The Iranian Supreme Leader’s remarks came after US Vice-President Joe Biden, speaking at this year’s Munich Security Conference, reiterated previous indications that the US was prepared to talk one-on-one with Iran. 

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