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Iran Speaker Compares Acceptance Of Trump's Olive Branch To 'Peace With Infidels'

Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf greets members of the parliament after being elected as parliament speaker at the Iranian parliament in Tehran, May 28, 2020

Iran's newly-elected Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf on Friday compared acceptance of President Donald Trump's "big deal" offer to "peace with infidels".

"Don’t wait until after U.S. Election to make the Big deal. I’m going to win. You’ll make a better deal now!," President Donald Trump said in a tweet on June 5 after an American prisoner in Iran, U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, returned home.

Qalibaf quoted a verse from the Quran in his tweet in response to Trump's tweet that advises the faithful not to bid the infidels to [a degrading] compromise and peace because God is with the followers of the Prophet and they will win because they are stronger.

Qalibaf, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guard's (IRGC) Air Force, on May 31 said any negotiations with the United States would be "futile" as he delivered his first major speech to the conservative-dominated chamber.

"Our strategy in confronting the terrorist America is to finish the revenge for martyr [Qassem] Soleimani's blood," he told lawmakers in a televised address.

Mohsen Rezaei, the Secretary of the Expediency Council, has also in a tweet reacted to the offer of the U.S. President and said Trump and the United States are in a "quagmire" and even if they weren't, negotiating with the U.S. would be like poison.

Quagmire in the tweet by Major-General Mohsen Rezaei, the former Commander of IRGC (1980-97), probably refers to the recent protests in the United States. The quote "negotiation is poison" is from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's speech on May 14 who said "negotiation with the current U.S. administration is "doubly poisonous".