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Iran supreme leader says ‘obvious mistake’ to negotiate with US

TEHRAN: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday it would be an “obvious mistake” to negotiate with the United States as Washington was unreliable. "The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail," Khamenei said in a meeting with Foreign Ministry officials, adding that negotiations with Washington would be an “obvious mistake”, according to his official website. Khamenei backed President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran may…

Iran’s supreme leader hails end of IS ‘tumour’

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader has praised his country's contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group, saying it had helped destroy a "tumour" created by the United States and its allies. In an address broadcast on national television, he told a gathering of Basiji militia fighters in Tehran that they had "managed to repel and destroy" IS. "Successive plots fomented in the region by America, the Zionists, Arab reactionary forces and others have all been thwarted by the force of the Islamic Republic,"…

Iran will retaliate if US renews sanctions, says Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran will retaliate if the United States renews sanctions next month, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Wednesday. "In the issue of the nuclear deal, the current administration has committed several violations, the latest of which is the renewal of the 10-year sanctions," Khamenei said in a televised speech to thousands of members of the Basij Islamist volunteer militia. "If these sanctions happen, it is absolutely a breach of the JCPOA," he added, referring to last year's deal with world powers…