Ayatollah Nixes Direct US-Iran Talks
Foreign minister had offered some support
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2013 1:19 AM CST
In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei listens to a speaker during a meeting on his tour of northeastern Iran.   (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

(Newser) – Iran's supreme leader has rejected proposals for direct talks with United States, apparently quashing suggestions for a breakthrough dialogue on the nuclear standoff and other issues. Today's statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website marks his first reaction to the proposals for the one-on-one talks, which received cautious support last week from Iran's foreign minister. "Talks will not solve any problems," Khamenei said.

"You are holding a gun against Iran saying, `Talks or you'll fire,' he continued, apparently referencing sanctions. "The Iranian nation will not be frightened by such threats." Khamenei has the final say in all key matters and has previously opposed direct talks with Washington. Iran and six world powers, including the US, are scheduled to resume nuclear negotiations later this month.

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Feb 10, 2013 12:54 PM CST
34 years ago America lost a friend and Iranian leader named the Shah of Iran. The Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi aided the United States and was America's tool in the middle east. The Shah was a ruthless dictator. What matters is that the Shah of Iran was a U.S. ally. The Iranian Revolution that occured on February 11, 1979 has been a nightmare for the free world for 34 years. The Iranians are a menace to the free world. Iran is a barbaric country. Ayatollah Khomeini was a crazy man. Thank God Khomeini died in 1989. In 1989 Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei became Iran's Supereme leader. Khamenei is a nut. Khamenei supports terrorist groups like Palestinian HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Lebanese Hizbollah. Iran is Syria's only ally. It is high time that the world stop the barbaric acts of the Iranian government. Syrian leader Bashar Assad is killing his own people. The world must invade Syria and Iran by land, sea and air. There must be regime change in Iran and Syria. The free world must act. Even Jesus hates the Syrian and Iranian governments. I pray that President Obama will do the right thing and bomb the hell out of Syria and Iran. God bless America. Lets put more economic sanctions against the filthy dictatorship of Iran. The sanctions are working. God bless America.
Feb 7, 2013 11:25 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: That's all right, Iran WON'T open the one-on-one, face-to-face nuclear summit(s) with a 3rd class US President, we American Republicans can understand that, beside Obama's qualification and sciences & technology skills are NOT good enough to learn others to bargain the negotiation anyway.
Feb 7, 2013 10:57 AM CST
you can put a penis in a turban but you can't make it pragmatic.