Iran's supreme leader has rejected a European call to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, and is threatening to quit talks with European envoys if they continue to insist on a long-term suspension.
State-run Iranian television is quoting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as calling the European proposal "a discussion without logic."
The ayatollah spoke today (Wednesday), hours after Iranian and European envoys ended a second round of talks in Vienna without a suspension agreement. Iran says more talks will be held soon.
The Europeans have offered Tehran a trade deal and help in building a nuclear reactor, in exchange for Iran's promise to end enrichment activities.
Washington has accused Iran of enriching uranium to develop nuclear weapons, and wants the International Atomic Energy Agency to refer the matter to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
Iran insists its nuclear intentions are peaceful.