Iran’s Ayatollah: No Talks With U.S.

    FILE -- In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 file photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei listens to a speaker during a meeting in his tour in northeastern Iran. A religious decree issued by Iran's supreme leader banning nuclear weapons is binding for the Iranian government, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, suggesting that the edict should end the debate over whether Tehran is pursuing atomic arms. Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the West must understand the significance of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's edict for Iran, saying "there is nothing higher than the exalted supreme leader's fatwa to define the framework for our activities in the nuclear field." (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader, File)

    Khamenei in Oct. 2012. (Office of the Supreme Leader, via AP)

    Was it something we said? Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday rejected proposals by the U.S. for direct talks on the nuclear standoff and other issues. “Talks will not solve any problems,” Khamenei said in a statement posted on his website. “You are holding a gun against Iran, saying you want to talk. The Iranian nation will not be frightened by the threats.” After months of vague proposals about talks with Iran, Vice President Joe Biden last week called for the U.S. and Iran to discuss the nuclear standoff “when the Iranian leadership, the Supreme Leader, is serious.” Iran and six world powers, including the U.S., are scheduled for more nuclear negotiations later this month.

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