‘A Test of Western Sincerity’
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today the next round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group will be “a test of Western sincerity.” Khamenei added that the West failed to offer any concessions during the latest talks in Almaty in February.
“The Westerners did not do any substantial work that could be interpreted as concessions,” said Khamenei. “They, minimally, admitted part of (the) rights of the Iranian nation, only.” But Khamenei added “Iran will judge intentions of the West in the next talks.” (IRINN, 7 March).
the Iranian government had hailed the Almaty talks as a victory for the country. Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili had called “a turning point” that showed the West was willing to compromise on Tehran's uranium enrichment program.
Ayatollah Khamenei made his remarks at a meeting with Iran’s Assembly of Experts in Tehran. Former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and the Assembly chairman Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani were sitting next to Khamenei during the meeting (photo).
Photo credit: Ayatollahs Ali Akbar Rafsanjani (left), Ali Khamenei (center) and Mahdavi Kani. Tehran, 7 March 2013 (IRNA)