TEHRAN Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has welcomed comments by U.S. President Obama about the need to dampen the drumbeat of war as a diplomatic "window of opportunity", the Iranian state news agency IRNA said on Thursday.
"We heard two days ago that the U.S. president said that (they) are not thinking about war with Iran. These words are good words and an exit from delusion," Khamenei was quoted by IRNA as saying.
But Khamenei said Obama had also spoken about bringing "the Iranian people to their knees through sanctions. This part of his comments shows that the illusion continues".
The United States and European allies have expanded economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic to get it to rein in its disputed nuclear programme.
(Reporting By Marcus George; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
Trending On Reuters
A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile programme and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline. Full Article | Revolutionary Guards to benefit
- Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strikes
- Buffett donates record $2.84 billion to Gates, family charities
- Pakistani gunmen kill three in attack blamed on Islamist groups
- BRICS summit gives Putin a chance to show Russia not isolated
- Thousands camp out for Pope's first mass in Ecuador
Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of U.N. war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback Full Article
Why Kiran Rao wants to focus on Indian cinema rather than international films at Mumbai festival Full Article