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07/08/14

Khamenei Says U.S., Israel Playing 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' With Iran

Source: RFE/RL

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said the United States and Israel were playing "good cop, bad cop" to intimidate his country into making concessions on the nuclear dispute with the West.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to President Hassan Rohani: "I have trust in our negotiating team and am sure they will not give in on the rights of this nation."
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

A decisive final round of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program began on July 3 in Vienna ahead of a July 20 deadline.

Israel has repeatedly threatened to attack Iranian nuclear sites.

Khamenei, speaking on July 7 after receiving the country's leaders to break the Ramadan fast, said, "the reason they are not attacking is because it is too costly. The enemy has no other option at its disposal but make threats and impose sanctions."

In a boost to President Hassan Rohani, who has been accused of being too soft toward the West, Khamenei said, "I have trust in our negotiating team and am sure they will not give in on the rights of this nation."

Based on reporting by AFP and AP


Copyright (c) 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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