TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s supreme leader says Arab countries will not support the United States in its dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks Wednesday on state radio came after representatives of U.S. and other top powers met Tuesday in New York with envoys from six Arab countries to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Arab countries want to meet regularly to ensure Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful.
The Iranian report quotes Khamenei as saying the meeting was the most the “enemy” could do. He says Arab countries are not ready to “surrender themselves completely to the U.S.”
Iran denies U.S. charges it is developing a nuclear weapons program.