Iran's Ayatollah hints at disapproval over President's phone chat with Obama
TEHERAN (AP) - Iran's top leader said on Saturday that some aspects of President Hassan Rouhani's trip to New York last month were "not appropriate", but reiterated his crucial support for the President's policy of outreach to the West.
The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, summarised on Saturday on his website khamenei.ir, came after hardliners criticised a 15-minute phone conversation between Mr Rouhani and United States President Barack Obama, a gesture aimed at ending three decades of estrangement between the two countries.
Hardliners, including commanders in the powerful Revolutionary Guard, have said the President went too far in reaching out to the US.
Ayatollah Khamenei also said the US was not "trustworthy". He has previously said he is not opposed to direct talks with the US to resolve Iran's nuclear stand-off with the West, but is not optimistic.