A major speech by Iran`s Supreme Leader has limited the ability of the Iranian delegation at high-level nuclear talks to make concessions with six world powers and this could scuttle chances for Tehran to reach an accord to end sanctions, diplomats said.
Iran and world powers have less than two weeks to reach an agreement on the future scope of Iran`s uranium enrichment programme and other issues if they are to meet a self-imposed July 20 deadline for a deal.
Iran will need 19 times more nuclear centrifuges than Washington is seeking to restrict it to in a long-term deal with major powers, its supreme leader said on Tuesday.
"Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 separative work units, which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of the older type that we already have," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on his website, referring to the machines used in uranium enrichment.
Iran`s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the Iraq conflict a "showdown between humanity and barbarian savagery" and criticised Western media for portraying it as a war between Shi`ite and Sunni Muslims.
Following a few media reports and the Iranian government`s website claims, speculations have arrived on whether the country`s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.