Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei says talks suggested by US vice-president would not solve the problem between them.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has turned down an offer of direct talks made by US Vice-President Joe Biden this week, saying they would not solve the problem between them.
"Some naive people like the idea of negotiating with America, however, negotiations will not solve the problem,"
Khamenei said in a speech to officials and members of Iran's air force carried on his official website.
"American policy in the Middle East has been destroyed and Americans now need to play a new card. That card is dragging Iran into negotiations."
"That offer stands but it must be real and tangible," Biden said in a speech in Munich.
This is what happens when you let religious authorities have a veto over national policy. Iranian government sources had initially responded warmly to the Vice President's offer, then this old hate-monger had to put in his two cents. This is a tragic lost opportunity.