Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei delivered a speech Sunday where he refrained from mentioning the ongoing nuclear talks and from attacking the United States.
Khamenei has delivered several speeches since the beginning of October and has not mentioned the nuclear talks and has refrained from his usual attacks on the United States. The last time he mentioned the United States was in a speech on October 3, when he spoke of the US role in Afghanistan.
Khamenei’s tactic of avoiding subjects related to the core of his foreign policy might be intended to show that he does not interfere in the business of the government, after foreign media and officials increasingly acknowledge his role as the final decision maker in important matters.
The only noteworthy part of his speech was his insistence to “tell the truth” about the history of the Islamic Republic and how much enmity has existed against the regime. He said that if supporters do not spread the truth, “the enemy will play the role of a victim.”
He also claimed in an implicit reference to the US that “arrogant powers” enjoy “the suffering of the Iranian nation.”