Khamenei rejects talks with U.S., praises Rouhani threat to close Hormuz Strait

Khamenei rejects talks with US, praises Rouhani threat to close Hormuz Strait

While Tehran still wants to go further in negotiations with Europe, Khamenei said that sitting down with Washington would be useless.

On Wednesday, the chief of Iran's nuclear agency Ali Akbar Salehi said that his country's effort to acquire uranium has resulted in a stockpile of as much as 950 tons.

Among Iranian-Americans attending is Mariam Memarsadeghi, the co-founder of Tavaana E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society, who tells RFE/RL she's "deeply appreciative of a USA strategy that puts maximum pressure on [Iran's Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei to fundamentally alter the regime's behavior".

"Democracy will come to Iran when the people of Iran have their reckoning with their ruthless and incompetent rulers".

For his part, Mr. Trump has responded on Twitter that he has no intention of backing off and will continue to put pressure in Iran.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in Tehran, Iran, June 4, 2017.

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"I think this is more like a propaganda move than an attempt at bringing the two nations close", Afshari told RFE/RL.

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with a group of foreign ministry officials in Tehran, Iran on July 22, 2018.

Rouhani suggested that Iran has alternatives to shipping crude through Hormuz.

Although the Trump administration claims it only seeks "behavior change" in Iran, its pressure campaign clearly aims at regime change.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement and that he planned to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic. "Just as the Bush administration cultivated a few Iraqi exiles and talked about human rights to provide legitimacy for a disastrous invasion of Iraq, the Trump administration appears intent on using Iranian exiles to advance risky policies that will leave the Iranian people as its primary victims". "America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars". The response below from an admin. official to this Q is utter nonsense.

Iran may block oil tankers from using the Strait of Hormuz in response to possible United States sanctions over the country's nuclear programme.

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