Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the country will remain closed to US influence and continue to oppose US policies in the Middle East after its nuclear deal with big powers, noting either country can still block the accord.
The 76-year-old cleric, Iran’s highest authority, has refrained from making decisive statements on the July 14 nuclear agreement, but gave President Hassan Rouhani crucial political cover to pursue talks with the six powers.
Tehran agreed to verifiable limits on its atomic energy programme to create confidence that it will not be put to developing nuclear weapons, in exchange for lifting international sanctions crippling its oil-based economy.
“They thought this deal – and it is not clear if it will be passed in Iran or in America – will open up Iran to their influence,” Khamenei was quoted on his website as saying at a meeting with members of the Islamic Radio and Television Union.
“We blocked this path and will definitely block it in the future. We won’t allow American political, economic or cultural influence in Iran.”…