Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Office of the Supreme Leader (Iran)/AP
February 7, 2013 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei overrules Iran's foreign minister and rejects direct talks with the U.S. over his country's controversial nuclear program.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2009.
Behrouz Mehri /AFP/Getty Images
February 3, 2012 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of retaliation if Israel tries to hit Iran's nuclear sites. His comments followed word that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there's a strong likelihood of such action by Israel this spring.
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