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Iran: Supreme Leader says negotiating with Washington 'poisonous'

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
May 15, 2019 at 05:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of the nation's elite in Tehran on Wednesday that current tensions will not result in military confrontation between Iran and the United States.

"Neither Iran nor the US seeks war because the Americans know that the war will not be beneficial for them. And also, we have never looked for any wars or military actions. This confrontation is the confrontation of wills which our will is stronger than them and we also trust in God," he told gathered politicians and government officials.

Khamenei joked that "negotiating is poisonous as long as the U.S. continues with the same course of action. Besides, negotiating with the current government of the United States is all the more poisonous."

"Negotiating is wrong, even with an upright person. Those in the U.S. government are not even upright and they do not abide by anything. They are not committed to any moral, legal or international issue."

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of the nation's elite in Tehran on Wednesday that current tensions will not result in military confrontation between Iran and the United States.

"Neither Iran nor the US seeks war because the Americans know that the war will not be beneficial for them. And also, we have never looked for any wars or military actions. This confrontation is the confrontation of wills which our will is stronger than them and we also trust in God," he told gathered politicians and government officials.

Khamenei joked that "negotiating is poisonous as long as the U.S. continues with the same course of action. Besides, negotiating with the current government of the United States is all the more poisonous."

"Negotiating is wrong, even with an upright person. Those in the U.S. government are not even upright and they do not abide by anything. They are not committed to any moral, legal or international issue."

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