It hasn't happened in decades and won't now. Salehi knows it. So do other Iranian leaders. On February 16, Fars News Agency headlined "Leader Blasts American Officials' Paradoxical Policies." He referred to their "spirit of bullying."
"Americans expect others to give in to their illogical words and bullying as some have done, but the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic does not surrender because it has logic, ability and power," Imam Khamenei said.
He stressed key points. They include illogical and contradictory US remarks, using nuclear negotiations to demand Iran surrender its legitimate rights, and lying about removing sanctions through talks.
He called America's offer of direct talks disingenuous. It's cover to bully Iran to surrender.
It's because "they want to show to the revolting Muslim nations of the region that the Islamic Republic of Iran was eventually made to sit to the negotiating table despite all its resistance and toughness, and that they, thus, have no other option but to give up and surrender."
Tehran keeps "its eyes wide open." It understands Washington's duplicity. It responds accordingly.
America previously offered direct talks. Iran's "logical words" were spurned. It was blamed for doing so. Expect nothing different now.
At the same time, he said:
"If Americans show both in their words and actions that they are not illogical, then they would see that the Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation are benevolent and favor interaction and logic."
"This is the only way to interact with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and in that case the US administration would receive a proper response."
On February 16, Reuters headlined "Exclusive: Big powers to offer easing gold sanctions at Iran nuclear talks."
"Big powers," of course, means Washington. It's offer was duplicitous. It was made to be refused. It demands Iran shut down its newly expanded Fordow enrichment plant.
It operates legitimately. Tehran categorically refuses. Washington's latest offer is contemptuous. It assures upcoming Almaty failure.
Reuters cited unnamed Western officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity. They're embarrassed to attach their names to surrender demands. They should have kept silent and said nothing.
They said the new proposal largely replicates earlier ones. "We don't think the Iranians (deserve) much more," they added.