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Iran's supreme leader has again spoken out against negotiations with the United States. Conversations would not bring any improvement, the Ayatollah said. The message was also addressed to French President Macron.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has to agree to all political decisions

"If the Iranian officials were so naive and engaged in negotiations with the US, they would definitely have achieved nothing," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Negotiations would neither lead to a revision of the policy of maximum pressure , nor to a repeal of the US sanctions, said the Ayatollah. Just as the negotiations of North Korea and Cuba with the US would have led to no result. Ajatollah, according to the constitution, has the last word in all political matters.

"Naive or accomplice"

Although Iranian President Hassan Rohani and his government are not completely barring negotiations with the US, they are setting conditions. They demand that Washington lift all sanctions against Iran and return to the Vienna nuclear agreement. The US government, however, rejects these preconditions.
USA Hassan Rohani speaks before the UN General Assembly (Reuters / C. Allegri)
Iran's President Hassan Rohani in September at the UN General Assembly
Iran's 2015 international nuclear deal is designed to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. In return, among other things, the West wanted to lift sanctions and restrictions on trade. US President Donald Trump stepped out of the agreement unilaterally in early May 2018 . The US government now wants to force the leadership in Tehran with the hitherto toughest sanctions against the country to renegotiate the agreement and to agree to tougher conditions.
Most recently, French President Emmanuel Macron tried to establish talks between Iran and the United States. Ajatollah Ali Khamenei sharply criticized Macron for saying, "The French president says a meeting would solve all the problems between Tehran and the US He is either naive or an accomplice to the US."
G7 summit in France |  Symbolic picture dispute among partners (picture-alliance / dpa / A. Harnik)
US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron
Macron had tried in September to organize a meeting between Trump and Rohani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The conversation between the two heads of state did not come about.

Difficult relationship for four decades

The relationship between the US and Iran is not only strained since the dispute over the nuclear deal. The US cut diplomatic relations 40 years ago. The trigger was the occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran, which marks its 40th anniversary this Monday.
US Hostages Embassy Tehran 1979 (Fars)
Occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran: On November 4, 1979 Islamist students stormed the site

Iranian students occupied the embassy in November 1979 in protest at the shooting of the ousted Shah Reza Pahlavi in ​​the United States. The US embassy members taken hostage were released only after 444 days. Iran intends to commemorate the occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran on Monday with a state-organized rally.