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Iran's Khamenei Says Won't Cooperate With U.S., U.K. On Regional Issues


Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Tehran has no intention of cooperating on regional issues with its main enemies, the United States and "evil" Britain.

In a speech broadcast on state TV on June 3, Khamenei also accused Washington of not being committed to the 2015 deal reached with world powers, including the United States, to curb Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

"They use human rights, terrorism...as pretexts to avoid fulfilling their commitments," Khamenei said.

Under the agreement, economic sanctions were lifted in January after Iran suspended sensitive nuclear work that the West suspects was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

Iran denies seeking a nuclear bomb.

Following the end of the sanctions on Iran, the country has started to increase trade with the West.

But some U.S. sanctions remain and U.S. banks remain prohibited from doing business with Iran directly or indirectly because Washington still accuses Tehran of supporting terrorism and human rights abuses.

Asked about Khamenei's remarks, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, "His rhetoric is always somewhat hyperbolic and so we take it with a grain of salt and don't necessarily rise to the bait."

Based on reporting by Reuters
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