By Emmanuel Reuben
DUBAI : Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the U.S.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments came after Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a coordinated drone attack on a critical oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region in response to a still-unspecified threat from Iran, further ramping up tensions a year after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Speaking Tuesday night in Tehran at an iftar, Khamenei’s reported comments first focused on him downplaying the chances of a wider conflict in the Mideast with America.
He reportedly told senior officials that his country won’t negotiate with the United States, calling such talks “poison.”
He also said, Neither Iran, nor U.S is seeking war. They know that it is not to their benefit.