IRGC General Hossein Dehghan, who has previously served as Iran's Defense Minister and who is currently Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's Defense Advisor, said in a June 25, 2020 interview on Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar) that Iran categorically refuses to negotiate with U.S. President Donald Trump because it considers him to be a criminal and a terrorist. He elaborated that this is evident by the U.S. assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. General Dehghan said that Iran will react decisively and strategically to any American military action and that America does not have the energy to manage a war with Iran. In addition, General Dehghan criticized Europe for failing to have adopted "reasonable and wise" positions regarding the JCPOA and Iran's nuclear program. Furthermore, he said that the U.S. government allows its people to own many weapons, that this is a threat to America and its future, and that President Trump will suffer the same fate as Hitler and Saddam Hussein.
Hossein Dehghan: "As a matter of principle, we do not accept Trump as a party for negotiations. There will be absolutely no negotiations with Trump. We in Iran consider Trump to be a criminal and a terrorist. How else could we explain his decision to assassinate a high-ranking Iranian official? Are we expected to sit at the negotiations table with General Soleimani's killer? Would this be wise and reasonable behavior?
"Any American military action against our security will be met with a wide and decisive response. Naturally, our response will not be hasty. It will be well-thought-out and in keeping with the facts on the ground. Our response will be in line with our long-term goals. Any military action will be met with military action of equal type, essence, manner, and magnitude. We believe America does not want to embrace a snowball policy that would lead to a full-on war through a series of consecutive incidents. They do not have the energy to manage such a war and they would not be able to end the war whenever they want. America wants to drag us into doing unexpected things that it would be able to use as a pretext, but the Iranians are too smart to fall into this American trap.
"Instead of implementing its commitments towards Iran, Europe has begun more clearly to play in the American court. We gave the Europeans a whole year to fulfill their [JCPOA] obligations, to adopt reasonable and wise positions, and to secure Iran's interests in the nuclear agreement. We had no choice but to change our policy when the Europeans failed to accomplish this.
"I believe Mr. Trump is happy when he hurts others. It is as if he suffers from this chronic complex. Trump is completely ready to burn down America and all the countries of the world just so he can get some attention and hear his name [in the media]. This is why Trump submitted the so-called Caesar Act. this bill will achieve nothing. Today, Trump is faced with 45 million unemployed people in America. This means that all his economic achievements have gone down the drain. As for his foreign policy, Trump has achieved nothing worth mentioning. My suggestion to Trump is that he becomes more reasonable, and stops whatever he is doing on the American domestic front. The U.S. government allows the people to own many weapons. This constitutes a threat to their country and its future. I believe that Trump's fate will not be so different from the fate of Hitler in Germany or Saddam in Iraq. this is what history shows us."