Iran’s Supreme Leader Just Dealt a Huge Blow to Obama’s Hopes for Diplomacy Post-Nuclear Deal
The supreme leader of Iran announced Saturday that the nuclear proliferation dealhe agreed to earlier this week will not have an effect on the nation’s policy toward the United States.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech that America’s policy in the Middle East is still counter-intuitive to Tehran’s strategy, and that Iran will continue to support its Muslim allies in the area, as well as the Syrian government.
“Our policy regarding the arrogant U.S. government will not change. We don’t have any negotiations or deal with the U.S. on different issues in the world or the region.”
Khamenei, while addressing the nation as part of a feast day celebrating the end of Ramadan, implied that the deal was a win for Iran, but stopped short of fully embracing it. The WSJ notes that as the supreme leader, he has final say over the Iranian government, and could still choose to back out of the deal at any moment.