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Khamenei: No U.S. Talks Beyond Nuclear Deal

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Tehran won’t enter into talks with the United States outside of the nuclear deal with world powers.

Khamenei's website quoted him as saying on September 9 that Tehran negotiated with Washington on the nuclear issue "for specific reasons.”

“We won't allow negotiation with the Americans on other issues," he added.

Under the July 14 agreement, sanctions will be gradually lifted in return for Iran imposing curbs on nuclear activities, which the West suspects are aimed at making an atomic bomb.

Khamenei said that any other talks would be "a tool for [Americans] to influence Iran and to impose their will."

The comments come a day after President Hassan Rohani signaled that the Islamic republic was ready to hold talks with the United States on ways to resolve Syria's civil war.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP