He said "(w)e are not going to get trapped into a delay-after-delay process here."
"It is incumbent on the Iranians to prove that they are prepared to meet our willingness, President Obama's willingness, again and again stated by the president, to be open to a diplomatic resolution here."
Washington doesn't negotiate. It demands. Other countries are pressured to comply. Multiple threats follow otherwise. Iran's familiar with American double-dealing.
It's hard imagining why they put up with it so long. Job's patience would be taxed. Tehran prioritizes peace and good relations. It won't stop trying to achieve them. Washington and Israel obstruct them. Rogue states operate that way.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran's willing to negotiate directly with Washington. At issue only is "the other side (coming) with authentic intentions."
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.