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Khamenei Brands Talks a Failure as Biden Plots U.S.-Iran Shift

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said past negotiations with the U.S. over sanctions had been a failure because they didn’t ensure lasting relief, in his first public comments on talks as Joe Biden’s incoming administration is expected to reengage with Tehran.

“We tried the path of removing sanctions once before and negotiated for several years, but it didn’t work,” Khamenei said. The Iranian response to sanctions imposed under President Donald Trump had rendered the penalties ineffective, he said.