The comments made by Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei are crystal-clear: No bilateral talks with the United States as long as Washington’s words do not match its deeds. Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments just days after US Vice President Joe Biden said Washington was prepared to hold direct talks with Iran.
Some Iranians also say there’s still a standing offer for talks under the right conditions. But for the talks to succeed, they say Washington has to ditch its anti-Iran policy and lift its unilateral sanctions against Iran.
Relations between Iran and the United States were severed in 1979 after the victory of Islamic Revolution and the overthrow of Iran’s pro-Western regime. Other factors behind the stalemate include Washington’s backing of the former Iraqi regime in its 8-year war against Iran in the 1980s, support for anti-Iran terrorist groups such as the Mojahedin Khalq Organization, assassination of Iranian officials and nuclear scientists, imposition of economic sanctions and financial restrictions, as well as funding anti-government political currents within the country.