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US Disturbed by Khameini’s Criticism After Iran Nuke Deal

US Secretary of State John Kerry disturbed due to anti-US comments by Iran’s Ayatollah Khameini after nuclear deal.

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The United States said on Tuesday it was disturbed by anti-US hostility voiced by Iran’s top leader after a nuclear deal.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday was very troubling. Khameini, in his speech, vowed to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy. But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing and troubling.
– John Kerry, US Secretary of State

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran said that US policies in the region were opposed to Iran’s, in a Tehran speech punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

Under the accord reached in Vienna last week, Iran will be subjected to long-term curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of US, European Union and UN sanctions. The deal was signed by the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the EU.

In the case of Iran, the deal must win final acceptance from the National Security Council and ultimately Khamenei. He has so far withheld final judgement, thanking the negotiators while saying the text must still be scrutinised and approved.

The Secretary General of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council of regional Arab states, Abdullatif al-Zayani, said Khamenei’s speech demonstrated “Iran’s continued interference in the internal affairs of some Arab countries”.

Those statements don’t help to build confidence for cooperative relations based on the principles of good neighbourliness and non-interference in internal affairs.
– Abdullatif al-Zayani, Bahraini general

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