Iranian Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani this week shut down the possibility that his country would participate in a human rights discussion with the United States.
"The West acts on the basis of double standards on human rights and makes manipulative use of the issue," Larijani told a forum for Islamic Human Rights and Human Dignity Day in Tehran, according to the Tehran Times.
Americans, he stipulated, must be excluded from any human rights talks since they "are only after deception." He also cited the Iranian nuclear deal as proof that the U.S. is "cunning."
"As the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei] said we will not have other deals like the nuclear deal and other negotiations," he concluded.
Larijani did say he would consider discussing human rights with European countries as long as the conversation is on a "bilateral framework, not a unilateral one where only Iran is put to questions." He encouraged the Iranian High Council for Human Rights and Foreign Ministry to "pave the way for talks with European countries" on human rights.
But the chief judge laid out some tough questions he would post to Europe in any human rights talk.
"Theoretically, we have two questions regarding the basics of right. Whom does this right serve? And how do you interpret it? Practically, why do you impose your take on the whole world?" he asked.
Speaking at the same forum, the head of Iran's High Council for Human Rights skewered the West for what he perceived as a "self-serving and hypocritical" stance on human rights.
Larijani also took issue with the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights of 1948.
"Those who prepared a draft of the universal declaration were secular liberal in orientation and to avoid possible disagreement, they put it in the guise of human dignity," he stated.
Larijani's own record on human rights is shaky. He appointed deputy prosecutor general Saeed Mortazavi, who was responsible for the abuse of a number of political prisoners and activists, including Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who died in police custody.