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Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:09
Iran vows not to renegotiate landmark nuke deal with US
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:09 By Xinhua

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Aug 13, 2018. (OFFICE OF THE IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER / AP)

TEHRAN - Iran will never enter a new round of talks with the United States over the 2015 nuclear deal as Washington is "bullying and cheating" in negotiations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday. 

Khamenei's remarks came in response to the recent US gestures for unconditional renegotiation of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal after its astounding withdrawal in May. 

Negotiations with the United States at the present time will certainly be to Iran's disadvantage and are forbidden

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader

Tehran will not again sit at the negotiation table with the "cheating" US government, Khamenei's official website said. 

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"Over the past 40 years, Americans have requested for negotiations for many times, but only met with Iran's negative answers," he was quoted as saying by Press TV. 

"During negotiations, Americans only give promises using apparently assuring words, but want real concessions from the opposite side and do not accept promises," he said. 

Negotiations with the United States at the present time will certainly be to Iran's disadvantage and are "forbidden," the Iranian top leader noted. 

"We can only embark on negotiating with the United States after we reach the economic, political and cultural power that we have in mind so that the US pressures and ballyhoo would not be able to affect us," he added. 

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said a recent proposal by the United States to enter into negotiations with Iran over Tehran's nuclear issue while re-imposing sanctions against the country is nothing but propaganda. 

"Iran will never change its policies in the region under the US sanctions and pressure," Zarif was quoted as saying by state TV. 

"Iran will also never hold negotiations about its missile program, because our missiles do not threaten anybody," he added. 

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A day earlier, Zarif dismissed reports that Iran has plans to talk with the United States on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. 

On Friday, Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, also said he doesn't see "any reason" for talks between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the 73rd UN General Assembly meeting next month. 

Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on May 8. 

Since then, the Trump administration has slapped a number of sanctions on Iran while vowing to apply more.  

Khamenei blames economic problems on 'internal mismanagement'

The Iranian top leader on Monday also said that most of the country's economic problems result from officials' mismanagement. 

"While foreign sanctions hurt Iran's economy, most of the country's economic problems are the result of internal mismanagement," Khamenei said at his meeting with a group of Iranians in the capital Tehran. 

If the government officials manage the situation and economy in an appropriate way, namely more prudent, timely and stronger, the sanctions will not have much effect

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader

"Economic experts and many officials believe the cause of the issue is not foreign, but internal. Not that sanctions do not have an impact, but the major impact is related to performances," he was quoted as saying by Press TV. 

Meanwhile, he blamed the current turmoil in Iran's foreign exchange and gold market on "imprudence and neglect" by certain officials, who caused government's US dollars to end up in the hands of manipulators. 

"If the government officials manage the situation and economy in an appropriate way, namely more prudent, timely and stronger, the sanctions will not have much effect," Khamenei noted. 

Iran's national currency rial has lost almost half of its value since March 21, beginning of the current Iranian year, especially after the US withdrawal from the JCPOA and new US sanctions. 

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On Monday, one US dollar was traded for 109,000 rials in Tehran's market, after hitting a record low of more than 120,000 rials in the past week. 

A day earlier, the Iranian Judiciary said the authorities had arrested 67 people in a drive against financial crime, Press TV reported. 

Khamenei has agreed to a request by the judiciary chief to "swiftly and fairly" handle financial criminals.  

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