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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

If Khamenei had agreed with the Vienna deal he would not have said it needed to be 'scrutinized in detail'.

If Khamenei had agreed with the Vienna deal he would not have said it needed to be 'scrutinized in detail'.(Roozonline).

The website of Iran’s top leader ayatollah Khamenei has posted a note that presents the position of the supreme leader on the July 14 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 six world powers and says that from the ayatollah’s perspective the text of the deal is not treasonous but is not approved either. An editorial in hardline Kayhan newspaper penned by its chief editor Hossein Shariatmadari who is directly appointed by Khamenei also has the same message.

The posting on ayatollah Khamenei’s site criticizes some of the opponents of the nuclear talks and writes, “They are pointing their criticism at the negotiating team as if the text of the agreement had been developed through their treasonous act,” and portray the allusion that the issue is contrary to the view of ayatollah Khamenei. “Others of course interpret ayatollah Khamenei’s expression of appreciation to the negotiation team to be an approval of the results of the talks, which is also not correct,” the commentary writes.

At the other end of town, Shariatmadari’s editorial writes that “If the supreme leader had agreed with the Vienna deal he would not have said it needed to be ‘scrutinized in detail’, as he had said.”

Since the July 14 nuclear deal in Vienna, Khamenei has on two occasions said that “There is a planned legal pathway which must be followed, and will be followed, for the approval of the text of the agreement.” It is noteworthy that he has not used the word “agreement” for the deal, a word that is used by members of the administration and supporters of President Hassan Rouhani. Ayatollah Khamenei uses the word “text” of the agreement rather than the agreement itself, thus distancing himself from the possible perceived notion of agreeing with the deal itself and focusing on the text.

In the meantime, a member of the Majlis national security committee, Hossein Naghavi Hosseini told reporters that “according to the law requiring the government to protect nuclear achievements,” the text of the nuclear agreement must be simultaneously sent to Iran’s National Security Council and to the Majlis, so that it will be reviewed at the national security committee and then presented to the full parliament for debate.

According to Hosseini, “We are still not aware of the full text of JCPA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the document has not been reviewed in official quarters …. No express judgment can be passed on it yet …. The review in the Majlis would take about three weeks.” Read the full story here.

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