Iran Supreme Leader: Vienna Offers ‘Not Worth Looking At’

FILE—In this Dec. 23, 2019 file photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor’s secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader has said the offers being made at the Vienna talks over his country’s tattered nuclear deal “are not worth looking at.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comment Wednesday in a speech on the first day of Ramadan in Iran.

As supreme leader, he has final say on all matters of state. That makes his comments on the talk critical.

Khamenei said: “The offers they provide are usually arrogant and humiliating (and) are not worth looking at.”

Khamenei’s comments come as Iran says it will enrich uranium at a level higher than ever before after a weekend attack on its Natanz nuclear facility. Iran has blamed Israel for the attack. Israel has not claimed the assault but is widely suspected of having carried it out.

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By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press

Associated Press writers Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran; Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem; David Rising in Berlin and Malak Harb in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.

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