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Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with United States

Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with United StatesIran will never hold one-on-one talks with the United States but could engage in multilateral discussions if it returns to the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, according to state television. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he could meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, possibly at the U.N. General Assembly in New York later this month. “Iranian officials, at any level, will never talk to American officials … this is part of their policy to put pressure on Iran … their policy of maximum pressure will fail,” state television quoted Khamenei as saying.



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Top Khamenei aide says no talks with U.S. under any circumstances

Top Khamenei aide says no talks with U.S. under any circumstancesGENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The top military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Tehran would not negotiate with the United States under any circumstances, an apparent hardening of its position as the Gulf tanker crisis escalates. The Swedish operator of a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf last week said it had been able to speak to crew members and all 23 of them were safe. The company said it had no evidence that the ship had been involved in a collision, one of the reasons Iran has cited for sending commandos to capture it last Friday.



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Iran could consider talks with U.S. only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits: minister

Iran could consider talks with U.S. only if sanctions lifted, Khamenei permits: ministerIran’s intelligence minister has said Tehran and Washington could hold talks only if the United States ended its sanctions and Iran’s top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave his approval, state news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. “Holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only If (U.S. President Donald) Trump lifts the sanctions and our supreme leader gives permission to hold such talks,” Mahmoud Alavi said late on Wednesday.



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Iran unbowed by US 'insults', says supreme leader Khamenei

Iran unbowed by US 'insults', says supreme leader KhameneiIran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his country remains unbowed by pressure exerted by the United States and its “insults” against the Islamic republic. Tehran and Washington have engaged in an escalating war of words following Iran’s shooting down of a US drone last week. Pressure mounted this week with US President Donald Trump announcing sanctions on Khamenei and other top Iranian officials.



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UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy – Tweet

UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy - TweetIran said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an American drone last week. Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif later this week.



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Iran's Khamenei says US oil sanctions won't go 'without response'

Iran's Khamenei says US oil sanctions won't go 'without response'Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a “hostile measure” that “won’t be left without a response”. “US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran’s oil won’t get them anywhere. The United States announced on Monday it would halt the practice of exempting countries including India, China and Turkey from sanctions on purchases of Iranian oil.



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Khamenei names new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Khamenei names new chief for Iran's Revolutionary GuardsThe TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brigadier General Hossein Salami to the position and his promotion to the rank of Major General. “The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari,” it said. Major General Jafari had held the post since September 2007.



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Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Khamenei appoints new chief for Iran's Revolutionary GuardsIran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the group a foreign terrorist organization. The TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brigadier General Hossein Salami. “The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari,” it said.



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Iran's Khamenei doubted Europe could help Tehran against U.S. sanctions

Iran's Khamenei doubted Europe could help Tehran against U.S. sanctionsA closed-door speech last year by Iran’s Supreme Leader voicing doubt about the Iranian government’s diplomatic overtures to Europe was released on Monday in a sign of feuding over foreign policy that led to a short-lived resignation by the foreign minister. The address by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in mid-2018 appeared to forecast difficulties European countries would have in honoring pledges to protect trade with Iran from new U.S. sanctions after Washington abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.



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Iran's Khamenei blames Gulf Arab states for military parade attack

Iran's Khamenei blames Gulf Arab states for military parade attackKhamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the country, which answers to him. The allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, which along with the United States have been working to isolate the Islamic Republic. “This crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States, and their goal is to create insecurity in our dear country,” Khamenei said in a statement published on his website.



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