Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
FRIDAY, 18 APR 2014
04:17 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Iran leader: Don't pin hope on sanctions relief
Associated Press
A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows him (L) praying at the shrine of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the festivities marking the 35th anniversary of his return from exile on February 1, 2014 at Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/ KHAMENEI.IR
A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows him (L) praying at the shrine of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during the festivities marking the 35th anniversary of his return from exile on February 1, 2014 at Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/ KHAMENEI.IR
A+ A-

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

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

"The only solution to the country's economic problems is to employ (Iran's) infinite domestic capacities, not to pin hopes on the lifting of sanctions. No expectations from the enemy," Khamenei told army officers in Tehran.

Khamenei has given his blessing to Rouhani's outreach policies. But he also has held to the line that the United States is fundamentally Iran's adversary.

The deal is the centerpiece of Rouhani's policy. Iran on Jan. 20 stopped enriching uranium to 20 percent and started neutralizing its existing stockpile of that grade - just steps away from weapons material - in order to fulfil commitments reached under the interim deal.

The U.S. and the European Union also lifted some sanctions - blamed for a sharp devaluation of the Iranian rial over the last two years - in response to the Iranian moves. The currency has recovered somewhat since Rouhani took office last summer.

Under the historic deal, Iran agreed to halt its 20 percent enrichment program, but will continue enrichment up to 5 percent. It also will convert half of its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium to oxide, and dilute the remaining half to 5 percent.

In return, the U.S. and the EU simultaneously announced the lifting of sanctions on petrochemical products, insurance, gold and other precious metals, auto industry, passenger plane parts and services.

They also plan to release $4.2 billion Iranian assets of oil revenues blocked overseas, in eight installments over a period of six months. The first installment of $550 million was provided to Iran on Feb. 1, according to Iranian officials.

The interim Geneva accord will last for six months as Iran and the six-nation group - the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany - negotiate a final deal. Those talks are to start Feb. 18 in Vienna.

Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have a tough task selling the accord to skeptics. Iran's hard-liners call the deal a "poisoned chalice," saying Rouhani made too many concessions in return for too little.

Prominent hard-liner Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi earlier this week accused the president of selling Iran's "dignity" under the Geneva deal.

But Khamenei defended Rouhani and urged critics to be patient and fair.

"No more than a few months have passed since the (Rouhani) government took office. Authorities should be given the opportunity to push forward strongly. Critics should show tolerance toward the government," he said in comments posted on his website, leader.ir.

Khamenei's support is crucial for Rouhani's diplomatic success in negotiations with the six-nation group.

Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, said American officials are "lying" when they say they are not seeking regime change in Iran.

"American officials tell our authorities at talks that they are not after regime change in Iran. They are lying because they won't hesitate a moment if they had the ability to do so," he said.

He said "tactics and methods can be changed but principles must remain rock solid."

Rouhani has said his countrymen elected him last June to change the country's foreign policy and shift away from the bombastic style adopted under his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But he also asserts that the Islamic Republic's core principles will remain unchanged.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Iran
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Story Summary
Iran's Supreme Leader urged officials Saturday not to pin hopes for economic recovery on the sanctions relief from a landmark deal reached with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

Khamenei has given his blessing to Rouhani's outreach policies. But he also has held to the line that the United States is fundamentally Iran's adversary.

Under the historic deal, Iran agreed to halt its 20 percent enrichment program, but will continue enrichment up to 5 percent.

The first installment of $550 million was provided to Iran on Feb. 1, according to Iranian officials.

Prominent hard-liner Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi earlier this week accused the president of selling Iran's "dignity" under the Geneva deal.
Related Articles
 
 
US official:Iran nuclear deal to be drafted in May
 
 
Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months
 
 
Zarif: 50-60 pct agreement on Iranian nuclear deal
 
 
Iran says 'narrowing some differences' in nuclear talks
Iran and Russia working to seal $20B oil-for-goods barter deal
Show More
Entities
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Friday April 18, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Silencing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s hate talk
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Putin will keep rolling, until Obama says no
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS