Khamenei: don't tie Iran's future to nuclear talks

STORY: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei struck a positive note on nuclear talks on Tuesday despite those indirect discussions with the U.S. having stalled.

However, he also said his country's future should not be tied to the success or collapse of nuclear talks with world powers.

Khamenei, who has the last say on all matters regarding the nuclear deal - made Tuesday’s comments a month after the indirect negotiations in Vienna between Iran and the US were put on pause.

Both countries blame each other for lack of "political will" to settle the remaining issues.

Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran:

Whether progress on talks with the West go well or go badly, you must go and do your job.

Absolutely do not wait for nuclear negotiations in planning for the country and move forward.

Our negotiating team has resisted the greed of the opposing side thus far, and hopefully they will continue to do so.The United States broke its promises - by exiting the deal - and now they have reached a dead end.

In 2018, then-U.S. President Donald Trump left the nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. Now, after eleven months of new negotiations, officials agree that much of the work to restore the deal has been done.

One of the sticking points is whether Washington would remove Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards from the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization list, as demanded by Tehran in order for the deal to be revived.