Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today reiterated his demand that all sanctions be lifted on the Islamic Republic the minute they ink a final nuclear deal.
And that’s just the beginning of his feelings on the nuclear framework reached in Switzerland.
“They shouldn’t be allowed at all to penetrate into the country’s security and defensive boundaries under the pretext of supervision, and the country’s military officials are not permitted at all to allow the foreigners to cross these boundaries or stop the country’s defensive development under the pretext of supervision and inspection,” Khamenei said to an audience in Tehran, according to the country’s semi-official Fars News Agency.
The ayatollah said he is “neither in favor nor against” the deal yet “since nothing has happened yet and no binding issue has occurred between the two sides.”
“I am not indifferent to the negotiations but I have not interfered in the details of the negotiations by now and will not interfere in the future either,” claimed the leader with the final say on anything that happens in Iran.
Reuters reported that Khamenei said “everything is in the details; it may be that the deceptive other side wants to restrict us in the details.”
“The White House put out a statement just a few hours after our negotiators finished their talks…this statement, which they called a ‘fact sheet’, was wrong on most of the issues,” he said.
The ayatollah also stressed that “what has been achieved so far does not guarantee a deal or even that the negotiations will continue to the end.”
“I was never optimistic about negotiating with America,” Khamenei said, branding U.S. intentions as “devilish.”