Leader warns against protracted talks on reviving Iran nuclear deal
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned against protracted talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, reiterating that Iran will only return to its commitments under the accord once it has verified that all the US sanctions have been removed.
Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday that he has directed Iranian diplomats to proceed with the negotiations, but cautioned them the talks should not drag on.
“The talks shouldn’t become talks of attrition,” the Leader said. “They shouldn’t be in a way that parties drag on and prolong the talks. This is harmful to the country.”
“The fact that the Americans talk about engaging in direct and indirect negotiations [with Iran] is not because they want to negotiate and accept the truth, rather it is to impose their wrongful argument” on Iran, the Leader noted.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the Islamic Republic’s position on the issue, that the United States -- as the party that has repeatedly reneged on its obligations in the past-- must first remove the sanctions, is privately shared by some Europeans involved in the talks.
“However, when it comes to decision-making, they bow to the Americans and do not act independently,” the Leader said.
“Most of the proposals by the Americans are arrogant and contemptuous. They are not worth looking at,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.