- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2013

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is saying “no” to any direct talks with U.S. leaders over the nation’s nuclear program.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden has hinted at the notion for weeks. But Mr. Khamenei, on his website, bluntly put a stop to the notion, The Associated Press reports.

“Talks will not solve any problems,” he said, AP reports. “You are holding a gun against Iran saying you want to talk. The Iranian nation will not be frightened by the threats.”

Iran is set for more nuclear talks with six world powers this month.