DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday he would go along with any nuclear deal with the six major powers if it did not go against the interests of his nation.
“I would go along with the agreement in the making,” Khamenei said in a speech to air force personnel, as quoted by the official news agency IRNA, alluding to ongoing negotiations to reach a pact that would curb Iran’s disputed nuclear work in return for a phased lifting of sanctions imposed on Tehran.
“Our (nuclear) negotiators are trying to take the weapon of sanctions away from the enemy. If they can, so much the better. If they fail, everyone should know there are many ways at our disposal to dull this weapon,” he said.
However, Khamenei also said no deal is better than a bad deal when it comes to negotiations with world powers over the country’s disputed nuclear programme.
In remarks posted on his website Sunday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all major decisions, says Tehran agrees with Washington that no agreement is better than an agreement that doesn’t meet its interests, without elaborating.
Iran insists it has the right to enrich uranium and has demanded the lifting of crippling international sanctions. Tehran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful despite Western suspicions it has a military component.