TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said U.S. officials are spreading "propaganda" through proposing direct talks with Iran, Tehran Times daily reported Sunday.
On Feb. 2, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said the United States is prepared to hold direct talks with Iran over the country's nuclear program when the Iranian leadership is "serious."
The U.S. proposal of direct talks with the Islamic republic is a "propaganda," said Larijani, adding that the United States is seeking to influence the Iranian people's determination by bringing up such issues.
Washington has no intention to respect the rights of the Iranian nation during negotiations they are talking about, Larijani was quoted as saying.
Those who "fall in the trap" of believing such rhetoric may provide opportunities for the enemies, he added.