News ID: 269664
Published: 0236 GMT May 31, 2020

Speaker Qalibaf: Iran's 11th Parliament views talks with US 'harmful'

Speaker Qalibaf: Iran's 11th Parliament views talks with US 'harmful'

Iran's 11th Parliament deems any negotiations with the United States as harmful, its new speaker, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, said in his first main speech at the chamber on Sunday.

Qalibaf, a former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Air Force, said the new Parliament's agenda is to complete Iran's revenge for the US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.  

The new Parliament, he said, "views the fight against the global arrogance both an ideological goal and a strategic benefit, and negotiation and compromise with the US, which is the axis of the global arrogance, fruitless and harmful", according to Press TV.

"Our strategy in confronting the terrorist America is to complete the chain of revenge for the blood of Martyr Soleimani," Qalibaf added.

Iran responded to the terrorist assassination with a volley of precision-guided missiles which pommeled a US military base in Iraq – in a move which Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described as just "a slap on the face" for Washington. 

Qalibaf said, "The work that began with the unprecedented attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase and continued with the shattering of America's hollow formidableness will be completed with the full expulsion of the terrorist US Army from the region."

General Soleimani, who headed the IRGC's Quds Force, was assassinated on January 3 by the US in Iraq, where he was seen as the driving force behind the battles that led to the collapse of the Daesh terrorist group.

In the early hours of January 8, Iran launched several missiles at Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar Province and another American military facility in Kurdistan’s regional capital, Erbil, in revenge for the US terrorist act.

US President Donald Trump initially said no Americans were harmed in the missile attack, but the Pentagon had to revise up its figures several times, last saying 109 US troops had suffered traumatic brain injury.

Qalibaf made the remarks as he outlined the priorities of the new Parliament.

"Given the role which the 11th Parliament considers for itself in the Islamic Revolution's civilization building, the chamber will not accept any compromise on the main ideals of the Islamic Revolution," he said.

The new Parliament "regards firm confrontation with foreign enemies, especially America and the Zionist regime, among its fundamental principles," he said.

"It will not show any courtesy on demarcating its borders with seditious and hypocritical currents in the country," he added.

Qalibaf also slammed the US over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis which has led to widespread protests across the country, according to AFP.

Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets from New York to Seattle demanding tougher, first-degree murder charges and more arrests over the death of Floyd, who stopped breathing after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes.

Decades-old tensions between Tehran and Washington have soared in the past year, with the sworn archenemies twice appearing to come to the brink of a direct confrontation.

The tensions have been rising since 2018, when President Donald Trump withdrew the US from a landmark nuclear accord and began reimposing sanctions on Iran's economy.

The 58-year-old Qalibaf is a three-time presidential candidate who lost out to the incumbent Hassan Rouhani at the last election in 2017.

The newly elected speaker had also served as Tehran mayor and the Islamic Republic's police chief before taking up his latest post.



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