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Iran says it's not opposed to direct talks with US

Iran says it's not opposed to direct talks with US

Iran's Supreme Leader says he's not opposed to direct talks with the U.S. to resolve its nuclear standoff with the West.
But Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he's not optimistic that such talks would yield results unless Washington stops imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Khamenei says the offer of direct bilateral talks with Iran is an American tactic to deceive the public and impose its will on Tehran.
He says problems could be resolved if the U.S. would stop imposing sanctions, harming Iran's economy and acting against Iran's territorial integrity.
Khamenei spoke on Thursday to a crowd in northeastern Iran on the first day of the new Persian calendar year.
The U.S. and its allies fear Iran could ultimately develop a nuclear weapon, a charge Tehran denies.


Updated : 2021-03-01 05:36 GMT+08:00