In a speech before military commanders and troops, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed ongoing comments from US officials who insist an attack on Iran is an option as “silly,” saying there was no serious threat of a sudden US strike.
Khamenei went on to deride the nuclear talks as aimed at resolving a US-created myth of a nuclear weapons program in Iran, created simply to justify their own policy of threatening Iran.
US intelligence assessments have centered on the belief that Iran had a fledgling nuclear weapons program at some point in the past, but has not had one in several years.
This is in stark contrast to the narrative from US political leaders, who present Iran as having an active program to some extent, and even more distinct from the claims of US hawks, who have been insisting for decades that Iran is on the cusp of finishing a weapon.
This has caused problems as many US officials, particularly hawks, are insisting they want Iran to confess to a program which Iranian officials insist never existed, and which even the US intelligence community doesn’t believe has existed for a long time.