The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Iran rejects talks with U.S. over missiles, nuclear programs


DUBAI — Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruled out negotiatio­ns with the United States over Tehran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs on Friday and urged Iranians to resist U.S. pressure.

“America’s brutal sanctions on Iran are aimed at collapsing our economy ... Their aim is to limit our influence in the region and to halt our missile and nuclear capabiliti­es,” Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on television.

“Relying on national capabiliti­es and cutting our dependence on oil exports will help us to resist America’s pressure.”

Relations between Tehran and Washington have deteriorat­ed since U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018 abandoned a pact between Iran and six world powers under which Iran accepted curbs on its nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions.

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