Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Nuclear Deal Won’t Open Iran to U.S. Influence

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday his country wouldn’t allow the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers to become an avenue for the U.S. to interfere with the political, economic and cultural life of the Islamic Republic.

“Their intention, in their imagination, was to find a way to infiltrate our country through this agreement,” Mr. Khamenei said, adding that Iran would “confront this infiltration with full power, which is thankfully high today.”

In the brief remarks attributed to him, Mr. Khamenei said the fate of the accord, signed last month in Vienna, was uncertain. “It isn’t clear whether it will be approved here, and it isn’t clear whether it will be approved there,” he said.

U.S. Congress is set to begin debating the deal when it returns to Washington next month from its summer recess. Lawmakers will decide whether to disapprove the deal. The Obama administration is seeking to persuade enough Democrats to vote to sustain a presidential veto of the disapproval.

In Iran, parliament and the Supreme National Security Council technically have oversight of the deal, which was negotiated by President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate. The supreme leader, however, has the final say in most matters of state, including the nuclear accord.

Suspicion about U.S. intentions regarding Tehran’s domestic and foreign policies has been a regular motif in Mr. Khamenei’s declarations on the nuclear talks.

“The Americans want to infiltrate this region and pursue their objectives,” he said in his latest comments. “We won’t allow that. They seek to disintegrate Iraq and Syria. This won’t happen with God’s will.”

The supreme leader’s remarks Monday came amid rising criticism of the nuclear deal in Iran’s conservative press.

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