Iran leader: Don't pin hope on sanctions relief

2014-02-08 14:47
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (File, AFP)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (File, AFP)

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Tehran - Iran's Supreme Leader has urged officials not to pin hopes for economic recovery on the sanctions relief from a landmark deal reached with world powers on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also called on critics of the interim nuclear deal achieved on 24 November in Geneva to be fair and give time to President Hassan Rouhani to pursue its policy of engagement with the outside world.

He was speaking to air force officers on Monday. His comments were posted on his website, leader.ir.

Khamenei said the government should rely on Iran's domestic capabilities to resolve economic problems.

Negotiations over a final comprehensive deal are to start 18 February.

Rouhani has been strongly criticised by hard-liners who say the interim deal made too many concessions in return for too little.

- AP
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