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Iran Leader Ayatollah Khamenei: No Talks With 'Great Satan' U.S. Beyond Nuclear Deal

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sept. 10 there will be no further negotiations between Iran and the U.S. after the Iran nuclear deal.

The ayatollah's remarks contradict comments from Iran's more moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who said on Sept. 9 the country would be willing to hold talks with the U.S. to come up with ways to end Syria's civil war.

"We approved talks with the U.S. about (the) nuclear issue specifically," Khamenei said in a series of statements published on his website. "We have not allowed talks with the U.S. in other fields and we (do) not negotiate with them."

Khamenei, Iran's highest authority, also made slew of more inflammatory remarks about both the U.S. and Israel on his official Twitter account.

Quoting his predecessor Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei said Khomeini "stated 'U.S. is the Great Satan,' some insist on depicted this Great Satan as an angel."

On his official website, Khamenei also said, "When the Iranian nation kicked this Satan out of the door, we should not allow it to return from the window and gather influence," referring to the 1979 Islamic Revolution that overthrew the pro-American monarchy.

Addressing Israel, Khamenei said, "You will not see [the] next 25 years; God willing, there will be nothing as Zionist regime by next 25 years … Until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists."

The remark was accompanied by a photo showing the Iranian leader walking on an Israeli flag painted on the ground. Currently, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize the Jewish state of Israel. Israel's oppressive treatment of Palestinians, and the U.S. unwavering support for Israel, hav long been points of contention for Iran.

Analysts say that Khamenei's remarks are aimed at his more conservative supporters, who are unhappy with Rouhani's foreign policy. Rouhani has said that Iran is willing to be "present at any table" that aims to bring stability to war-torn Syria.

Sources: The Times of Israel, Bloomberg / Photo credit: Khamenei/Twitter


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