Jan 3, 2008

Khamenei: Wrong time for Iran-US ties

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday he was willing to improve relations with the United States but that the moment was not right because it would make his country more vulnerable to U.S. espionage.
Khamenei said restoring ties with the U.S. now would "provide opportunity for security agents to come and go, as well as for espionage."
"It has no benefit for Iranian nation," state radio quoted him as saying at a student group meeting in the central province of Yazd. It would be an "opportunity for U.S. infiltration, traffic of their intelligence agents and espionage of Iran."

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