Iran's Khamenei bans further negotiation with United States
TEHRAN: Just months after the historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and the United States, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced a ban on any further negotiation with United State of America. Khamenei said that during the nuclear negotiation, US representatives had tried to use the talks to initiate infiltration in Iran, and though Iranian negotiators were aware of what their American counterpart were up to, they finally got the chance in some instances. Khamenei had supported the country's negotiations with the United States over its nuclear activities, in which the US agreed to lift economic sanctions against Iran. Khamenei said negotiations with the United State open gates to their economic, culture, political and security influence. Even during the nuclear negotiations they tried to harm our national interests. Khamenei, the highest authority in the Islamic Republic, already said last months there would be no more talks with the United States after the nuclear deal, but has not previously declared an outright ban. He said our negotiators were vigilant but the Americans took advantage of a few chances. Through negotiations Americans seek to influence Iran but there are many people in Iran who don't understand this. His comments put him directly at odds with Rouhani, who is hopeful of normalising relations with the west and who has repeatedly said his government is ready to negotiate with anyone to resolve regional issues.