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Iran leader withholds verdict on nuclear deal, vows anti-U.S. policies

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 00:54

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei withheld his verdict on Iran's nuclear deal but in a fiery address vowed enduring opposition to the United States and its Middle East policies, saying Washington sought Iran's 'surrender'. Pavithra George reports.

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A nuclear deal changes nothing ---that was the message from Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei during a fiery speech at mosque in Tehran where he led prayers marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan Khamanei said little about the historic deal, but vowed to continue opposing the United States and its Middle East policies. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER, AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI, SAYING: "Whether the deal is approved or disapproved, we will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon. Even after this deal, our policy towards the arrogant U.S. will not change." Defiant remarks - in sharp contrast to the message of cooperation and hope expressed by Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif just four days ago.

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Iran leader withholds verdict on nuclear deal, vows anti-U.S. policies

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 00:54