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Ayatollah Khamenei: We Will Not Negotiate With 'Sham Government'

Iran's supreme leader spoke out against the U.S. in his first comments since some sanctions started snapping back.

Ayatollah Khamenei: We Will Not Negotiate With 'Sham Government'
Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader

It seems the U.S. and Iran are at a diplomatic stalemate.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slammed the U.S. in a speech Monday. He said his country wouldn't go to war with the U.S. but won't negotiate with it, either.

The comments come less than a week after the Trump administration reimposed some sanctions — the first to snap back since the U.S. pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump often uses a harsh rhetoric when talking about Iran. He has threatened the country on Twitter, but he's also offered to meet with its leaders.

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But Khamenei said he's not interested in negotiating with a "sham government." He said the U.S. relies on money and power to get what it wants and then breaks its own promises.