Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran’s Khamenei rules out war, talks with U.S.

Iran’s Khamenei rules out war, talks with U.S.

Despite renewed sanctions, many Iranians - including many at the highest levels of the establishment - see U.S. hostility as only a contributing factor to long-standing problems inside the country.

Trump has suggested he would be willing to hold talks with Iranian leaders, but that would be impossible without permission from Khamenei, who has the final say on all major policies.

Trump has threatened another round of sanctions on November 5 against Iran's energy-related transactions and business that foreign financial institutions conduct with the Central Bank of Iran. The mismanagement is even worse than United States sanctions, he said.

Washington had said Iran's only chance of avoiding the sanctions would be to accept Trump's offer to negotiate for a tougher nuclear deal.

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Iran and the other signatories of the nuclear deal have said they intend to continue to abide by the agreement. Khamenei also took the opportunity during his Monday diatribe to take a jab at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the country's faltering economy.

Tehran has repeatedly blasted the United States for the move, vowing to restart its nuclear program in retaliation against any foreign restrictions. "More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement [by the government] is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians", he noted. "I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management", Iranian state TV quoted Khamenei as saying, in his first reaction to the reimposition of U.S. sanctions.

Iran's rial currency has lost about half of its value since April in anticipation of the renewed USA sanctions, driven mainly by heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.

Thousands of Iranians have protested in recent weeks against sharp rises in the prices of some food items, a lack of jobs and state corruption. State news agency IRNA reported on Monday that Iran is offering oil and gas at a discount to Asian customers in a bid to retain sales. He said the deal was not working and also has said Iran must stop meddling in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

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