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Iran's Khamenei: Part of Diplomatic Push in New York 'Not Proper'

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with Iranian nuclear scientists and managers in Tehran, Feb. 22, 2012.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with Iranian nuclear scientists and managers in Tehran, Feb. 22, 2012.
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Iran's supreme leader voiced support for President Hassan Rouhani's overtures to the West, but says some aspects of Rouhani's trip to New York last month were "not appropriate."

In remarks posted Saturday on his website, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei did not elaborate on his objections, but it would appear they center on the Iranian president's conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama.

The ayatollah said the U.S. government is not trustworthy and breaks its promises.

A 15-minute telephone conversation between Obama and Rouhani on September 20 was the first direct contact between the two countries' top leadership in nearly 35 years. The informal contact capped a week of outreach to the West by Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, during the annual opening session of the U.N. General Assembly.

The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, also has criticized Rouhani's telephone diplomacy, calling the conversation with President Obama a "tactical mistake."

The issue underlying the two presidents' conversation - and most all other aspects of the arms-length relationship between Washington and Tehran - concerns Western efforts to resolve the standoff with Iran over its nuclear development program. Iran has insisted its nuclear work is purely for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. and many of its allies disagree, contending that Iran has embarked on a secret program to build nuclear weapons, with missiles capable of striking at Israel and other countries in the Middle East.

Working through the U.N. Security Council, the U.S., Britain, France and others have imposed several rounds of sanctions that have badly battered Iran's economy.

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by: Ajax Lessome from: Santa Monica
October 08, 2013 2:42 PM
I'm all for diplomacy, but diplomacy should be predicated on clear understandings of what the end game should be. In the case of Iran, that end game should be the abandonment of nuclear weapons. If Iran wants nuclear power for peaceful uses, it has to submit to inspection and buy fuel rods and not enrich its own. Iran also needs to clean up its human rights record and halt the barbaric practice of public hangings, as well as reopen dissident news media and release political and religious prisoners. Iran also needs to halt its foreign adventures in supporting terror groups and smuggling arms in places like Syria. Dialogue is great, but it means to be meaningful, otherwise it's like North Korea; a delaying tactic or bargaining chip. Iran has too long a history of saying one thing and doing another and Rouhani is as practiced at it as anyone. You can see it for yourself at www.hassan-rouhani.info. Only regime change is going to really change Iran while the mullahs and Khamenei hang onto control for dear life.

by: Ariely Shein from: Jerusalem
October 05, 2013 10:23 AM
Do you want to know who you are?Don't ask.Act!Action will delineate and define you.
Thomas Jefferson
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What counts are Islamist Iran actions.
Iran offers only words without any concrete actions.

Islamist Iran can take actions within one day.Government policy may change unexpected in short time.
However infrastructure to build NUKS takes long period.
Do the followings in one day:
*Stop:
-building new centrifuges.
-centrifuges spilling
-building underground Atomic facilities>
After all–Islamist Iran doesn't need all the above for peaceful Nuke research.
As Islamist Iran claims-close your yeas–don’t see the reality-let's talk and I will continuing building)Remember:Islamist Iran has done it already in the past)
Rouhani,acting as Iran chief negotiator with EU succeeded to prevent Iran's case from being reported to the UN Security Council,buying time for Iran complete its nuclear fuel cycle and took groundbreaking steps in Nuclear development.
Hassan Rouhani in Wikipedia

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