Iran nuclear deal should be scrutinized carefully: Khamenei

Iranian demonstrators carry posters depicting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini during a rally marking al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Tehran. (File photo: Reuters)

The text of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers should be carefully scrutinized and legal procedures taken so the other side does not breach it, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in his first public statements on the accord.

Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East.

Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

In a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, Khamenei, the ultimate authority on all matters of state, wrote: “Reaching a deal is a significant step, but the text of the deal should be carefully scrutinized and the legal procedures should be taken so when the deal is ratified the other side cannot breach it.”

“Some of the members of the P5+1 are not trustworthy,” he said referring to the six world powers in the letter, published by state news agency IRNA.

He added: “I ask our dear nation to stay calm and united so we can preserve our national interests in a serene and sensible environment.”

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