Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah "Ali Khamenei" said that nuclear talks with world powers had revealed U.S enmity toward the Islamic state.
Khamenei was speaking hours before talks between Iran and the E.U resumed in Geneva.
Khamenei told a gathering, according to the official IRNA news agency that "we had announced previously that on certain issues, if we feel it is expedient, we would negotiate with the Satan [the United States] to deter its evil", stressing "the nuclear talks showed the enmity of America against Iran, Iranians, Islam and Muslims".
Talks between Iran and the E.U started in Geneva Thursday to discuss the practical details of implementing a nuclear agreement reached in Geneva in November. U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman is also due to take part.
Iran’s top negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state television in Geneva "I hope during the two-day talks we can resolve the remaining technical issues which are based on our different interpretation of text of the November accord".
The Geneva deal was designed to halt Iran’s nuclear advances for six months to buy time for negotiations on a final settlement. Scope for diplomacy widened after Iran elected Hassan Rouhani as president in June. He had promised to reduce Tehran’s isolation and win an easing of sanctions.
Under the deal, Iran will curb its atomic activities in return for some easing of the international sanctions that have battered its economy.
Iran says its nuclear work is entirely peaceful but the West suspects it is aimed at acquiring an atomic bomb.
Nuclear experts from Iran and the six powers have held several rounds of talks since Nov. 24 to resolve various technical issues before the interim deal can be put into place. The experts have to work out when the accord will be implemented. Western diplomats and Iranian officials say the six powers and Iran want to start implementing the deal on Jan. 20.
Diplomats told Reuters Wednesday that the nuclear talks on implementing the landmark November deal have run into problems over advanced centrifuge research, highlighting the huge challenges facing Iran and the six powers in negotiating the precise terms of the deal.