Iran's Supreme Leader Says No War, But No Talks With US

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Ankara Turkey

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In a rare statement Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has lashed out at the country's authorities, accusing them of poorly handling internal issues. "America never remains loyal to its promises in talks. just gives empty words. and never retreats from its goals for talks", Khamenei was quoted as saying by TV.

The sanctions target Iran's trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of United States dollars and its vehicle industry. "[The Americans] are exaggerating the possibility of a war with Iran".

That after Washington pulled out of a nuclear deal and then, last week, reimposed sanctions.

"Negotiations with the USA would definitely harm us and they are forbidden", Khamenei said, adding that the Americans had proven they could not be trusted.

"America's withdrawal from the nuclear deal is a clear proof that America can not be trusted".

Regarding his planned visit on October 25-26 to Turkey to boost bilateral economic ties, accompanied by a 80-member business delegation of leading companies, Altmaier said: "I represent the interests of more than 7,000 German companies operating in Turkey". Khamenei also took the opportunity during his Monday diatribe to take a jab at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the country's faltering economy.

"Negotiating the nuclear agreement was a miscalculation, and I personally made a mistake in these negotiations", Khamenei said.

Turning to the USA sanctions against Iran, the minister said Germany and its European Union allies would continue to support companies doing business with Iran despite US pressure.

Iranian officials have blamed "enemies" for the fall of the currency and a rapid rise in the price of gold coins, and more than 60 people, including several officials, have been arrested on charges that carry the death penalty.

Defying US demands to curb its missile program, Iran unveiled a new generation of its "Fateh Mobin" short-range ballistic missile on Monday, state TV reported. He also said some of the "red-lines" that Iran had designated in the nuclear deal were crossed, but did not specify which ones.

Khamenei agreed, saying: "The objective (of the courts) should be to punish those guilty of corrupt economic practices swiftly and justly", the TV added. He said the deal was not working and also has said Iran must stop meddling in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

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