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Iran pins no hope on direct talks with US in mending ties

English.news.cn   2014-08-14 16:05:44
• Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei categorically rejected political negotiations with the United States.
• Khamenei referred to the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers.
• After Rouhani took the office, both countries held direct talks over disputed nuclear program and hot topics.

TEHRAN, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei categorically rejected political negotiations with the United States, cautioning that talks with Washington are harmful to the Islamic republic, IRAN Daily reported on Thursday.

"Relations with the United States and negotiations with that country, except in very specific cases, do not have any benefits for the Islamic republic. It is even harmful," Khamenei was quoted as saying.

"Some people said that if we sit to the negotiating table with the Americans, many problems will be settled," he said, adding that "Of course, we knew that it is not correct."

Khamenei referred to the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers, including the United States, saying that " Generally speaking, it was revealed that despite the imaginations of certain people, negotiations won't help anything."

During the negotiations with Iran, Washington intensified its sanctions against Iran and the talks for relieving the pressures and embargoes against Tehran yielded no results, he said on Wednesday.

The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Iran on April 7, 1980, after a group of Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy and captured some 60 U.S. diplomats in 1979. Among the diplomats 52 were held captive for 444 days in the hostage crisis.

However, after President Rouhani took the office in 2013, both countries held direct talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program and some hot topics related to the regional issues in the hope that diplomacy will virtually settle the decades-long differences between two countries.

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