Iran's supreme leader rejects direct talks with United States
TEHERAN (AP) - Iran's supreme leader on Thursday strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with United States, apparently quashing suggestions for a breakthrough dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues.
The statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website marked his first reaction to the idea for the one-on-one talks, which have been floated for months and were reinforced last week by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
But any possible momentum depended on Mr Khamenei, who has the final say in all key matters and has previously opposed direct negotiations with Washington.
"Talks will not solve any problems," Mr Khamenei said in a statement.