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Iran’s Khamenei Says He Backs Diplomacy While Not Trusting U.S.

Rally in Tehran
Iranian women walk in front of a portrait of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran during a rally. Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said he supports government diplomacy along with “whatever happened” during President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to New York, the state-run Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.

Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, said he was “optimistic” about Iran’s diplomatic delegation. At the same time, he said some “events” during Rouhani’s visit were “out of place” and that the U.S. government is “not trustworthy and arrogant,” according to ISNA.

Rouhani spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama during the trip to the United Nations last month in the highest-level diplomatic encounter between the two countries since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iran’s crude output, once second to Saudi Arabia’s among the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, has fallen to its lowest since 1990 under U.S. and European sanctions imposed over the country’s pursuit of nuclear technology. The International Energy Agency said Oct. 2 that U.S.-Iranian talks are “very important” for oil markets.

To contact the reporters on this story: Yeganeh Salehi in Tehran at yalehi@bloomberg.net; Robert Tuttle in Doha at rtuttle@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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