Ali Akbar Velayati, top foreign adviser to Iran's supreme leader, is calling for direct talks with the United States. Friday's request comes amid multilateral negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program.
"We aren't on the right path if we don't have one-on-one talks with the six countries. We have to talks with the countries separately," he said, referring to the "5+1" powers, which include the United State, Russia, France, Britain, China and Germany.
"It would be wrong if we bring the countries into unity against us, since there are rifts among them over various international issues," he added.
According one of Iran's top negotiators, a new round of talks is scheduled for Monday on implementing last month's nuclear deal.