Khamenei is not ‘optimistic’ but supports Iran nuclear talks

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he is not optimistic about nuclear talks. (File photo: AFP)

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed his support on Sunday for Iran’s nuclear talks but said he was not optimistic.

“No one should see our negotiating team as compromisers,”Khamenei was quoted as saying on his official website, Agence France-Presse reported.

“I am not optimistic about the (nuclear) negotiations but, with the grace of God, we will not suffer losses either,” he added.

A new round of talks between Iranian negotiators and representatives from the P5+1 group of world powers is due to take place in Geneva for November 7 and 8.

The talks are aimed at reducing Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a relief from international sanctions.

Decisions on the disputed nuclear program which the West and Israel suspect is aimed at atomic weapons, widely rely on Khameini.

“All the better if the negotiations bear fruit but if there are no results, the country should rely on itself," Khamenei was quoted as saying by AFP while criticizing the U.S. policy of approaching the talks on two fronts of sanctions and diplomacy.

“The Americans smile and express desire for negotiation; on the other hand, they immediately say that all options are on the table,” he said. “We should not trust a smiling enemy.”

Khameini has also described Iran’s arch enemy Israel as an “illegitimate and bastard” regime as he also criticized the U.S. for supporting it.

“The Zionist regime is an illegitimate and bastard regime,” he was quoted as saying in remarks carried by AFP from his website.

“The Americans have the highest indulgence towards the Zionists and they have to. But we do not share such indulgence.”

(With AFP)
 

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