Iran’s Khamenei rules out talks with US

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Tehran, Iran - Iran’s Supreme Leader on Sun­day again ruled out ne­go­ti­a­tions with Wash­ing­ton, a day be­fore the 40th an­niver­sary of the hostage cri­sis at the US em­bassy in Tehran.

“Those who see ne­go­ti­a­tions with the US as the so­lu­tion to ev­ery prob­lem are cer­tainly mis­taken,” Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said dur­ing a speech to mark the an­niver­sary, ac­cord­ing to his of­fi­cial web­site.

“Noth­ing will come out of talk­ing to the US, be­cause they cer­tainly and def­i­nitely won't make any con­ces­sions.”

On Novem­ber 4, 1979, less than nine months af­ter the top­pling of Iran’s Amer­i­can-backed shah, stu­dents over­ran the em­bassy com­plex to de­mand the United States hand over the ousted ruler af­ter he was ad­mit­ted to a US hos­pi­tal.

It took a full 444 days for the cri­sis to end with the re­lease of 52 Amer­i­cans, but the US broke off diplo­matic re­la­tions with Iran in 1980 and ties have been frozen ever since.

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