Iran Will Never Talk To Trump Administration

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In an August 13 speech, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed a wide range of issues pertaining to his country, from the economic problems and the currency's collapse to the possibility of negotiations with the United States and a military confrontation between the two countries.

The Times described Khamenei's refusal as the "final word".

The rial has lost about half of its value since April in anticipation of the renewed United States sanctions, driven mainly by heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.

He also said some of the "red-lines" that Iran had designated in the nuclear deal were crossed, but did not specify which ones.

"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 usa pressures and ballyhoo would not be able to affect us", he added.

For the first time since he became Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, described by Arab media as the supreme leader of the regime, recognized what he considered as his mistake in allowing Iran to join the nuclear negotiations a few years ago, which led to the nuclear deal and the eradication of global sanctions. "Even then American president, Reagan, who was more powerful than the current ones, in the famous case of McFarlane, sent him secretly to Tehran for negotiations, but he returned without any results 24 hours later".

"The Islamic Republic can negotiate with America whenever it achieves the power to resist America's pressure and blackmail", Khamenei declared.

Supreme leader rejects Trump's offer as foreign minister questions whether U.S. president is "serious about talks". "We do not call it treason, but it is a big mistake", the Leader said.

Khamenei mirrored recent criticism of Rouhani's economic management from senior members of the clergy and the Revolutionary Guards - particularly over the collapse of the rial, which has lost around half its value since April.

On the economic issue, Khamenei said, "People are experiencing livelihood problems today; a certain group of people is truly under pressure".

Special courts are being set up to try suspects quickly after Ayatollah Khamenei agreed with a request by Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani to swiftly deal with financial criminals.

"Some are saying extreme things and claim that all are corrupt and use such descriptions as systematic corruption; that's not the case".

"We have no problem with dialogue but is Mr. Trump really serious about talks?"

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