In a speech broadcasted on state TV, Iran’s chief leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that he thinks the nuclear talks with the U.S. set to begin on Tuesday “will lead nowhere,” according to an Associated Press report.
“But,” he added, “of course officials should apply their efforts.
The five members of the U.S. Security Council plus Germany made a preliminary agreement with Iran in November, Iran agreeing to minor limitations to its nuclear program in return for a reduction in sanctions.
However, Khamenei’s statement may throw cold water on the negotiations set to restart in Vienna tomorrow.
Khamenei, who ultimately makes the decisions in Iran, blamed the failure he foresees on Washington. “The nuclear issue is an excuse,” Khamenei said. “Even if one day, against all the odds it is solved based on the Americans’ expectations, then Americans will seek another issue to follow it. Just pay attention to the spokespersons of the U.S. government, who have also raised the issue of human rights, missiles and arms.”
“Iran will not violate what it has promised,” he added, “but Americans are hostile toward the Islamic revolution and the Islamic Republic.”