Iranian leader accuses Biden and Trump of tarnishing US reputation – IRNA

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DUBAI, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Joe Biden and Donald Trump of tarnishing the United States’ reputation in rare direct criticisms of US presidents, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

“Today, the US is being hit in ways they never expected. The two American presidents – current and former heads of state – have joined forces to tarnish the image of the United States,” Khamenei said without elaborating.

Iran and the United States resumed indirect talks on Tuesday in Vienna to revive a 2015 nuclear deal that former US President Donald Trump left in 2018.

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While the US State Department says such negotiations are entering their “final phase,” Iranian officials have said some of their demands for the sanctions lifting have not yet been addressed at the Vienna talks.

Both sides say they are awaiting a final political decision from the other to revive the nuclear deal.

On Tuesday, Iran‘s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, warned on Twitter that “the road to negotiations will not be smooth” should the current US administration proceed with Trump’s campaign of maximum pressure on Iran.

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Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Nick Macfie

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