Iran's all-powerful supreme leader on Thursday rejected a US offer to negotiate one-on-one on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, ruling out such contacts so long as Washington keeps up its threats against the Islamic republic.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting at his office in Tehran on August 23, 2012. Khamenei rejected a US offer to negotiate one-on-one on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme so long as Washington continues to impose sanctions on Iran.
"I am not a diplomat but a revolutionary and I speak frankly," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told air force commanders in remarks published on his website. "You (Americans) are pointing the gun at Iran and say either negotiate or we will shoot."