Khamenei, the head of Iran, said "Negotiating with America does not have any benefit for us and we do not need such negotiations." He hit the nail right on the head--there is no benefit for Iran in this mysterious "offer" that is "backed by six world powers" as this same article dutifully points out.
But John "The Mustache" Bolton got his feelings hurt by this statement of Khamenei's.
Bolton said "We think Iran owes us a response right now, basically." Why does Iran "owe" us anything? Bolton would have us believe that because the U.S. and the EU and whoever else dreamt up some bullshit that they themselves would never accept and are now trying to shove this steaming pile down Iran's throat that now Iran owes us something?
Khamenei Is Being Reasonable
Here's what Khamenei went on to say about talking with the U.S. and EU:
"We will not negotiate with anybody on our certain right to reach and use nuclear technology. However, if they recognize this right for us, we are prepared to talk about international controls, supervision and guarantees, and the grounds for such negotiations have been prepared," Khamenei said.
See, all he's saying is that he wants the world to recognize Iran's right to have nuclear technology. Surely the Western countries would not be so hypocritical as to suggest that Iran should do as they say and not as they do. Surely...not...
The Washington Post article again dutifully points out that while Iranians assert that they have the right to nuclear development, Western nations say that is "unacceptable." Here's the quote:
Iranian officials have said Iran will not back down on what they say is Iran's right to produce nuclear fuel, a demand Western nations have said is unacceptable.
Whatever. Again, I'm just trying to document the steps leading up to Operation Petrodollar Prop-Up. Mostly for my own edification, hopefully it does something for you also, dear reader.