Iran's Khamenei bans holding direct talks with United States

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Trump reimposed the sanctions after pulling the United States out of an worldwide accord that aims to curb Iran's nuclear programme. Khamenei also took the opportunity during his Monday diatribe to take a jab at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the country's faltering economy.

That's proof it can't be trusted, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - addressing a gathering of thousands - and that it [the U.S.] never remained loyal to the promises it made.

"They talk about a spirit of war to frighten the cowards", said Khamenei, adding that they U.S. played a "poor game" when it came to negotiations.

The U.S. government last week reinstated a raft of economic sanctions that had been waived as part of the Iran JCPOA nuclear deal of 2015.

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The comments come after recent suggestions that President Trump was open to talking with Iran "without preconditions", though at the time it was said to be an offer to talk with Iran's President Rouhani.

While E.U. nations have pledged to try to preserve economic ties with Iran, most large European companies already concede they will sacrifice trade with Iran, rather than risk suffering from secondary sanctions. "I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management", state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.

Iran and the other signatories of the nuclear deal have said they intend to continue to abide by the agreement.

The central bank and the judiciary have blamed "enemies" for the fall of the currency and a rapid rise in the price of gold coins, and the judiciary has said more than 40 people including a former central bank deputy have been arrested on charges carrying the death penalty.

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Protests in cities and towns across Iran have often begun with slogans against the high cost of living, high prices and a lack of jobs, but have then quickly turned into anti-government rallies.

Defying US demands to curb its missile program, Iran unveiled a new generation of its "Fateh Mobin" short-range ballistic missile on Monday, state TV reported.

On the economic issue, Khamenei said, "People are experiencing livelihood problems today; a certain group of people is truly under pressure". He said the deal was not working and also has said Iran must stop meddling in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

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