Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put on a show of defiance in the face of U.S. sanctions during a televised address to the country.
In a Friday speech marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, Khamenei refused President Trump’s offer to negotiate with Iran about its nuclear program. He claimed that the offer was merely bait by the president to score political points ahead of the November presidential election.
“He is going to benefit from negotiations,” Khamenei said, according to the New York Times. “This old man who is in charge in America apparently used negotiations with North Korea as propaganda.”