Iranian government not optimistic about peace talks
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, attending [BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP]
A day after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei says he does not think the talks will bear fruits, Iran's president echoes his concerns, but says Iranians should not lose hope for removing of Western sanctions.
"The government is not optimistic about the Westerners and the current negotiations," he was quoted as saying, echoing similar comments by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sunday.
"But it does not mean that we should not have hope for removing the problems," Rouhani said, referring to international sanctions that have battered Iran's ailing economy.
President Rouhani however says he supports negotiations as they cannot harm the Islamic republic.
"I am not optimistic about the negotiations but, with the grace of God, we will not suffer losses either," said Khamenei.
"I do not think the negotiations will produce the results expected by Iran," he added.
He advised against “trusting an enemy who smiles” and “expresses a desire for talks,” while asserting that “all options are on the table.”
The next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, made of the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain, are set to resume in Geneva on Nov. 7 and 8.