Iranian Leader Khamenei: Iran will not Negotiate with the United States
Iran will not negotiate with the United States over its nuclear and missile programs, Iranian leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.
Khamenei’s statement came after Iranian President Hassan Rowhani hinted that talks with Washington might be possible if sanctions were lifted.
“We have said before that we will not negotiate with America, because the negotiations are useless and harmless,” Khamenei’s website quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
Khamenei’s comments come in contrast to the Iranian position, which has become more “diplomatic” recently by President Hassan Rowhani, who said the door has not yet been closed to negotiations with the United States.
Iranian official media said Rohani said talks with the United States were possible and “the door was not closed if the United States lifted sanctions and carried out its obligations” under the nuclear deal, Reuters reported.
US President Donald Trump made statements two days ago in which he spoke about the possibility of reaching an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.
Tension between the United States and Iran has escalated since early May, when the United States quickly sent the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and a series of B-52 strategic bombers and announced plans to send 1,500 troops to the region.
“There are no channels of communication with Iran yet,” the State Department said, expressing Washington’s willingness to negotiate “if the Iranian government fulfills the conditions of the United States.”
It also stressed that the sanctions on Iran would remain, and that they would not be limited to their nuclear activities.
Trump said on Sunday that his country was not seeking “regime change” in Iran, but wanted to remove nuclear weapons, describing the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015 as “terrible.”
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Iranian Leader Khamenei: Iran will not Negotiate with the United States Over its Nuclear and Missile Programs