Iran-US talks won’t happen on any level: Khamenei

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Tehran. Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says all Iranian officials agree that talks with the United States won’t happen on any level.

Speaking at the beginning of a fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) course on Tuesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said negotiations with the US were futile because the American side only wanted to force its own demands upon Iran to make it look like its campaign of “maximum pressure” has been successful.

“The policy of maximum pressure isn’t worth a thing in the eyes of the Iranian nation and all officials of the Islamic Republic agree unanimously that no negotiations will begin with the US at any level,” the Leader told his pupils in Tehran.

He said the recent speculations about negotiations between Iran and the US were merely a ploy to weaken the nation, noting that the nature of Iran’s struggle was as such that the global arrogance and the proponents of the “worn-out” Western capitalism won’t ever come to terms with it.

“They will continue their belligerence as long as they can but these actions will get them nowhere with God’s help and the nation will prevail over the enemies, particularly the United States.”

The Leader referred to America’s exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and said there was only one scenario where Iran sit at the same table with the US.

“If the US retracts its words, repents and returns to the nuclear accord that it has violated, it can then take part in sessions of other signatories to the deal and hold talks with Iran… Otherwise, no talks at any level will be held between Iranian and American authorities, neither in New York nor elsewhere.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said this didn’t mean that Iran was not open to dialogue with other nations but it didn’t hinge resolving on issues on negotiations with other countries either.

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