He rejected the new offer of 5+1 (Removing the gold trade sanction) and strongly claimed that shutting down the Fordo Facility is totally out of the question.
The nuclear clock is ticking.
The Islamic Regime has two clear demands: 1- A Recognition as a Regional Hegemony in the Middle East or 2- A war with the West. How would the leaders in Iran analyze the situation? The main political actors in Iran think: If the West would agree to recognize Iran as a regional hegemon, Iran has won the case. If the West would not agree with this issue and in the final stage would attack Iran, Iran also would win. Because the Islamic Regime would show the entire Muslim countries that Iran has faught againts the West and in this way, Iran would earn some types of recognition and religious prestige. Based on such ideological-political assumption, Khamenei is repeatedly saying the ball is in the West`s ground. From his point of view, in fact, the ball is in the West`s ground.
My final words:
The international community should be smarter and don`t play Khamenei`s favorite game. It should be a third option i.e. neither the nuclear-armed Iran, nor the war. (17.02.2013).