Iran’s Supreme Leader Willing to Support Nuclear Deal - Former Lawmaker

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Spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei - Sputnik International
Former Iranian Parliamentarian said that the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears willing to arrive at a deal with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program.


WASHINGTON, February 10 (Sputnik) — The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appears willing to arrive at a deal with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program, former Iranian Parliamentarian Aliakbar Mousavi told Sputnik.

“I think the Supreme Leader is willing to reach a deal, but he is really suspicious of the willingness of the other side, the United States,” Mousavi, a reformist era parliamentarian and current human rights advocate told Sputnik on Monday.

Mousavi added that suspicions exist on both sides of the negotiations, but ultimately he is hopeful for a positive outcome. “I think in the end we will reach a comprehensive deal,” he said.

Foreground, from left: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Russian Foreign Minister Serei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during the talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Geneva (File). - Sputnik International
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Former US Congressman Jim Slattery also stated at a Monday Atlantic Council conference that recent statements by Ayatollah Khamenei indicate the the leader is “guardedly optimistic” that a deal can be achieved through the ongoing P5+1 nuclear talks.

Slattery, who recently travelled to Iran to promoted interfaith and intergovernmental dialogue, noted that Khamenei’s recent statements of negotiators on all sides “making concessions” in the talks are “further indication that the Supreme Leader is blessing these negotiations.”

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries have been ongoing since November 2013, but Slattery stated that the United States is seen by Iran as the dominant player.

On Sunday Ayatollah Khamanei said in a speech to the Iranian airforce that he “would go along with the agreement in the making," referring to the nuclear agreement currently being negotiated with the P5+1 countries in Vienna.

The nuclear negotiations were extended beyond their initial deadline in November 2014 and participants are now aiming to have a political framework agreed upon by the end of March 2015.


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