Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today relations with the United States are not beneficial for the Islamic Republic. He made the comments during a meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Iranian ambassadors who have gathered in Tehran for their annual meeting. (Twitterfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Khamenei said he does not oppose nuclear talks with P5+1, without going into any details or reiterating his redline on acceptable number of centrifuges. At one point he looked at Zarif and said, ”I won’t oppose the talks. Dr. Zarif will continue the good work.”
Khamenei also endorsed formation of a new government by Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.
But Khamenei reserved his harshest comments against relationship with the United States.
“In case of (engagement with the world), there are two exceptions: Zionist regime (Israel) and the United States.
“Relations and talks with the United States are not beneficial for the Islamic Republic, except only in few specific cases.
“Some pretend sitting with the U.S. around a table will solve many problems. But we knew it is not like this. Last year’s events (nuclear talks) proved this.
Source: IRNA/Twitteremail@example.com/@abasinfo, 13 August 2014
Photo credit: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, meet Foreign Minister Javad Zarf and Iranian diplomatic corps; Tehran, 13 August 2014. (Twitterfirstname.lastname@example.org)