Ayatollah: Nuclear Talks 'Will Lead Nowhere'
Pessimism high as talks resume today in Vienna
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 18, 2014 7:32 AM CST
In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech, in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 17, 2014.   (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

(Newser) – Negotiators from Iran and six other nations will convene today in Vienna to try to hammer out a permanent follow-up to Iran's temporary nuclear deal, but expectations aren't exactly soaring. "The nuclear negotiations will lead nowhere," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei predicted yesterday, echoing the feelings of many observers, the New York Times reports. Khamenei did, however, add that he supported the effort, and his foreign minister sang a different tune. "We have come here with the political will to reach a final agreement," Mohammad Javad Zarif said after meeting with EU officials, according to the Guardian.

US officials were also downplaying their chances. One senior official said it was "probably as likely that we won't get an agreement as it is that we will," Reuters reports. He also said that Iran's recent oil export spike, and possible oil deal with Russia, would have "no impact in particular" on talks or sanctions, the LA Times notes. In any case, don't expect quick results; today's talks will focus on how to structure negotiations, because "when the stakes are this high, the devil is truly in the details," the US official said. On the bright side, the state department's top negotiator told CNN that Iran has kept all its commitments from the temporary deal.

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Icansee4miles
Feb 18, 2014 12:10 PM CST
A blind man could see this coming; If Iran is playing for time to finish their nukes-then let fly the Dogs of War! Find out how this will end with Israel taking care of Iran-with its unlikely partner Saudi Arabia-in Amazon Kindle's new thriller-The Bahrain Protocol.
Ucantusethatname
Feb 18, 2014 11:22 AM CST
"The nuclear negotiations will lead nowhere." At last: the Ayatollah spoke the truth. Why do we continue to waste our time and grant Iraq any slack? Because Our Dear Leader is weak.
MattB
Feb 18, 2014 10:52 AM CST
Can people not read between the lines? Kill the Ayatollah, get them frenzied like ants & go to WAR! Iran will never give up any type of advanced weapon system. Or we can keep playing these FNG stupid games. If we do not do it, than Israel will & that would be worse because more Arab nations would join the fray & we would have to step in. If we do it, the remaining Arab nations will take note as they do now, that you either negotiate or deal with the pointed end of the bullet or now the bright end of the rail gun! LOL!