Direct talks with the United States over Iran’s nuclear program will not resume, Iran’s supreme leader announced on February 7. The speech came as new economic restrictions were placed on the selling of Iranian oil that are designed to slow Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons capability.
“The Iranian nation will not negotiate under pressure,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “The U.S. is pointing a gun at Iran and wants us to talk to them. The Iranian nation will not be intimidated by these actions.”