Rouhani talking to reporters 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the nuclear deal
reached in Geneva was the basis for further progress, and the prayers of the
Iranian nation had contributed towards its success.
“This can be the
basis for further intelligent actions,” Khamenei wrote in a letter to Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani published by the IRNA state news
“Without a doubt the grace of God and the prayers of the Iranian
nation were a factor in this success.”
Khamenei called the agreement
“praiseworthy,” and called on the negotiators to continue to resist excessive
demands, according to Iran’s Press TV.
Rouhani said on Sunday the deal
reached with the P5+1 world powers “recognized Iran’s nuclear rights” by
allowing it to continue to enrich uranium, and that Tehran’s enrichment
activities would proceed similar to before.
Appearing live from the
Iranian capital on Press TV, the president said talks on a “comprehensive
agreement will start immediately.”
Rouhani also said the success of the
talks so far was due to the “guidelines offered” by Khamenei.
wanted to promote Iranophobia among the world public opinion,” Rouhani told
reporters in Tehran on Sunday, according to the Fars News Agency.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the deal recognized Iran’s nuclear
program and, in a final “step,” all sanctions on the Islamic Republic would be
Speaking on Iran’s Press TV, Zarif said the deal was an
opportunity for the West to restore trust with the Iranian nation.
the final step, the [uranium] enrichment process will be accepted and at the
same time all the sanctions will be lifted,” Zarif said, adding that Iranians
sought to have the nuclear program carried out “free of international
“Our nation has no trust in the American administration,” he
said. “It’s now time for action. This is an opportunity for the West to make
efforts to restore trust in the Iranian nation.”
Ariel Cohen, a senior
research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a US think tank, told The Jerusalem
Post on Sunday that the deal is indeed a victory for Iran, whereas the P5+1
“managed to seize a defeat from the jaws of victory.”
“It is a defeat of
Western diplomacy because Iran was on the verge of economic collapse,” said
Cohen, “and it was very close to doing what the West would have told it to do,
abandoning its plans to enrich uranium, and dismantling the nuclear enrichment
“This is exactly what the US did with North
Korea when they did not insist on the dismantlement of their capacity,” he said,
“and we ended up with a totalitarian communist regime with nuclear
And now, North Korea is one of the main proliferators to
Cohen predicted that Iran may become the only Muslim nuclear power
in the Middle East, which means that Israel needs to secure its second strike
capability and make sure that its submarine fleet really works.