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Iran's supreme leader suspicious of West before talks

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Iranians hold up photos of nation's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who downplayed expectations in front of more talks with the West. (Source: FOX) Iranians hold up photos of nation's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who downplayed expectations in front of more talks with the West. (Source: FOX)

(FOX) - Diplomats are arriving in Vienna, Austria for the next round of talks between Iran and the West, aimed at containing Tehran's nuclear program.

But both sides are lowering expectations of another breakthrough during talks this week.

The new round of talks is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday with both sides hoping for a final agreement on the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

But a day ahead of the talks, Iran's supreme leader appeared to be lowering expectations, saying he doesn't think a breakthrough is likely, because - he says - the U.S. can't be trusted.

"Americans are hostile to the Islamic revolution and the Islamic Republic. They are enemies of the flag that you people have hoisted and this hostility will never subside," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, told the nation.

But experts say the Iranians have more to lose than the West if the talks fail. Crippling sanctions have resulted in a dire economic situation that may make it easier for negotiators to strike a bargain.

"From the currency to the oil production, everything is crumbling there. These guys are really in need of money, new business contracts, everything. So the Iranians need a solution," said Konrad Krammar, chief editor of the Kourier newspaper.

The White House says they'd like to see other issues, like human rights and aid to Syria, resolved before sanctions are loosened again.

"We, obviously, have a host of other issues with Iran and a host of other major disagreements with Iran and we have not changed our views on any of those," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

And that means no matter what happens at the bargaining table this week, both sides will need to keep talking.

"These negotiations are going to drag on, not only from Vienna, but to the next stop, because the details are really complicated," Krammar said.

America's lead negotiator says Iran's missile program must be included in any long-term deal involving the nuclear program.

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