If anyone was unsure what Iran's supreme leader thought of President Trump's offer to hold talks after the U.S. reimposed "the most biting sanctions" on Iran last week, all doubt has been removed, per Reuters. "I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management", Iranian state TV quoted Khamenei as saying, in his first reaction to the reimposition of USA sanctions.
U.S. President Donald Trump last week reimposed a set of sanctions that had been lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers to limit the country's nuclear program in exchange for relief from measures that had badly hurt its economy.
Despite renewed United States sanctions, many Iranians - including many at the highest levels of the establishment - see U.S. hostility as only a contributing factor to long-standing problems inside the country.
There have been widespread protests and strikes in recent weeks over high prices, unemployment and the wider management of the economy.
"Economic experts and many officials believe the cause of this issue is not foreign, it's internal", he said in a speech in Tehran, according to tweets released on his official account and reported by AFP.
The rial has lost about half of its value since April in anticipation of the renewed United States sanctions, driven mainly by heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.
Washington reimposed the sanctions last week after pulling out of a 2015 worldwide deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for an easing of economic sanctions. They are exaggerating about possibility of a war with Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks were carried by Iran's state television Monday.
Still, Khamenei doesn't see an Iranian-US war coming down the pike anytime soon. The protests over the cost of living have often turned into anti-government rallies. He said the deal was not working and also has said Iran must stop meddling in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.