Iran's state TV is reported Thursday that the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollahhas welcomed comments by U.S. President Barack Obama pushing diplomacy and not war as a solution to Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
In his statements on Tuesday, Obama called to avoid strikes against Iran. "These are good statements that show that Americans come out of an illusion," said Ayatollah Khamenei in front of senior Iranian clerics.
However, Iran's Supreme Leader immediately added to this rare positive assessment towards the U.S. President , by regretting that Obama had reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen sanctions against Iran's nuclear program. "This part of his statements shows that he maintains illusions in this regard," Ayatollah Khamenei told the Assembly of Experts.
The U.S. president warned Tuesday against military strikes in Iran or Syria. He stressed that a peaceful solution was in the interest of everyone, including Israel, which is considering military action against Iranian nuclear sites. Westerners suspect Tehran, despite its denials, of seeking to develop atomic weapons under cover of its civilian nuclear program.
Obama made the remarks after a meeting at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He said Iran was "politically isolated" and starting to feel the effects of these sanctions.
"This illusion will lead the American leaders to fail because they have been imposing sanctions on the Iranians in vain for 33 years (...) in order to isolate the Islamic regime," responded Thursday Ayatollah Khamenei.
Meanwhile, an Israeli official said on Thursday that Israel has asked the United States to approve the sale for advanced "bunker-buster"bombs as GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs and refueling planes that could improve its ability to attack Iran's underground nuclear sites.
It is worth mentioning that the U.S. administration of former U.S. President George Bush refused to sell bunker-penetrating bombs and refueling aircrafts to Israel, while Obama's administration approved a string of Israeli requests to purchase advance armament including GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs.
Moreover, the Associated Press on Wednesday reported that some satellite images of an Iranian military facility show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at the site, indicating that crews were trying to clean it of radioactive traces possibly left by tests of a nuclear-weapon trigger.