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Iran's Khamenei says nuclear talks will 'lead nowhere'

Published on Feb 18, 2014 5:58 AM
Iran's top decision-maker Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that while he is not against a resumption of nuclear negotiations with the world's major powers, the talks will "lead nowhere". -- PHOTO: AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's top decision-maker Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday nuclear talks with world powers would "lead nowhere" but that he did not oppose them.

Iran is due to resume talks on Tuesday in Vienna with the P5+1 group - Britain, France, the United States, Russia and China plus Germany - aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord on its controversial nuclear programme.

After a decade of failure and rising tensions, US President Barack Obama has put the chances of an agreement at "50-50", while Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has predicted "difficult" discussions.

"I repeat it again that I am not optimistic about the negotiations and they will lead nowhere, but I am not against them," Mr Khamenei said in remarks published on his website

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