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Leader’s advisor denies reports of Iran-U.S. direct talks
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(110).jpgTEHRAN – Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Supreme Leader, has dismissed the news reports claiming that Iran has held direct talks with the United States. 
 
“I have not held any talks with the Americans either in Oman” or any other country, Velayati told the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency in an interview published on Saturday when asked about rumors that he has held talks with U.S. officials in Oman. 
  
“As far as I am informed, in view of the fact that such fundamental foreign policy affairs fall within the ambit of the Supreme Leader and that the Supreme Leader has not given such a permit to anyone so far, talks with a legal basis and the Leader’s permit have never been held,” added Velayati, who formerly served as foreign minister. 
 
U.S. should revise policy toward Iran nuclear issue 
 
Commenting on the dispute between Tehran and the West over Iran’s nuclear program, he said that the U.S. must revise its policy toward the issue. 
 
“The nuclear issue is our strategic issue, and peaceful use of nuclear energy is a right which the Islamic Republic of Iran will never relinquish, and this is agreed by all of us,” Velayati said.
 
“There may be people who do not approve of certain policies of the system, but there is a consensus among all on this policy,” he added.  
 
On threats of military action that the U.S. has issued against Iran over its nuclear program, Velayati said, “The Americans suffered a defeat in the attacks against Iraq and Afghanistan and suffered huge losses of life and financial losses, and if sanity is prevailing, they should stop mulling over a military attack.”  
 
He added, “Today, the United States is much weaker than when it attacked Iraq and Afghanistan, and Iran is today much stronger than Iraq and Afghanistan.” 
 
Velayati also commented on the Syrian crisis and criticized those reactionary Arab countries which he said “attacked” the “golden” link in the chain of resistance against Israel. 
 
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