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In a photo released Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech to members of the paramilitary Basij force at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)
In a photo released Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech to members of the paramilitary Basij force at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Supreme Leader via AP)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who will have the final word in Iran on any deal over the country's nuclear program, spoke out today in support of the talks, while insisting that there are limits to concessions his country will make.

The remarks come as representatives from six world powers meet in Geneva today for another round of talks over Iran's nuclear program. Negotiations have primarily focused on the size and output of Iran’s enrichment program, which can create both reactor fuel and weapons-grade material suitable for a nuclear bomb.

Iran insists it is pursuing only nuclear energy, medical treatments and research, but the United States and its allies fear that Iran could turn this material into weapons.

Speaking yesterday to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama emphasized that this round of talks is working toward an interim deal, with final negotiations to follow.

NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Geneva and joins Here & Now's Robin Young.

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  • Peter Kenyon, NPR international correspondent, based in Istanbul, Turkey.

This segment aired on November 20, 2013.

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