TEHRAN - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday the next round of talks between the world powers and the Islamic republic over the latter's nuclear program will be a test for the West's sincerity, semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Khamenei said that the P5+1 group (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) represented only minor and unimportant changes in their position during the recent talks with Tehran in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
In Almaty, the Western countries did not do something important, rather, they admitted a small part of the Iranian nation's rights, said Khamenei without elaboration.
The two-day talks between Iran and the P5+1 group over Iran's disputed nuclear program concluded on Feb. 27 in Almaty and both sides agreed to meet in expert-level in Istanbul, Turkey on March 17 to 18, followed by another high-ranking meeting in Almaty again on April 5.
On Thursday, Khamenei also said the enemies are angry at the Iranian nation's "wonderful breakthroughs" over the past years, adding that the country's problems will certainly be solved and there are numerous signs of hope.
He described nuclear issue as one of the challenges that the Islamic establishment is facing, stressing that "Of course the challenge has not been harmful to us and it will never be." (Xinhua)