TEHRAN, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday that Tehran's recent nuclear talks with six world powers revealed the United States' enmity towards his country.
"One of the blessings of the negotiations was that the animosity of American officials toward Iran, Iranians, Islam and Muslims was revealed to everyone," Khamenei was quoted as saying by Press TV.
His remarks came shortly before a scheduled meeting between Iran and the EU in Geneva later Thursday on implementing a landmark nuclear deal that Tehran and the six world powers reached in November.
Khamenei did not elaborate on what he meant "enmity" of the United States but rejected the idea that Iran was forced to enter into negotiations under the pressure of the West's sanctions.
"We have announced previously that the Islamic republic will, on a certain issues that it deems urgent, negotiate with the United States in order to ward off its evil and resolve the issue, " he said.
On Nov. 24, Iran and the P5+1 group, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, reached the interim nuclear deal, according to which Iran will halt part of its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanction relief. This measure aims to buy time for negotiating a more comprehensive deal to settle the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
Nuclear experts from Iran and the six powers have held three rounds of talks on various technical issues before the Geneva deal can be put into place.
On Thursday and Friday, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, will meet with Helga Schmid, a deputy of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, in Geneva to discuss the remaining issues over the implementation of the deal.