Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told the visiting Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, that "I do not consider [U.S. President Donald] Trump, as a person, deserving to exchange messages with. We will not negotiate with the U.S." "The U.S.", Khamenei went on to argue, "disregarded and breached [the JCPOA]. So, what common sense would once again allow negotiations with a state that has thrown away everything that was agreed upon?" He also asserted that "we oppose nuclear weapons... but rest assured that if we wanted to build nuclear weapons, the U.S. would not be able to do anything about it". President Trump subsequently tweeted that "while I very much appreciate Prime Minister Abe going to Iran to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, I personally feel that it is too soon to even think about making a deal. They are not ready, and neither are we!"
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