Iran leader backs nuclear team against critics

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TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Syed Khamenei Wednesday praised the work of his country’s nuclear negotiators after they came under heavy criticism from the conservative camp in parliament.

The negotiators, who resumed talks with world powers in Vienna on Tuesday, “are working, making efforts, breaking sweat… to obtain what is in the interests of the country and the people,” he said in a meeting with members of parliament.

The intervention from supreme leader, came after several deputies accused the negotiators of having betrayed the Islamic republic by making key concessions.

 “On the nuclear issues, [Iran’s] stance is the same as we have explicitly announced; the very same points have been announced to authorities verbally and in writing. These are the fundamental positions of the Islamic establishment,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader added that the settlement of the country’s nuclear issue will be facilitated by tapping into domestic potential.

“If we boost production and use domestic potentialities, [this will] not only solve local problems, but facilitate the settlement of foreign issues such as the nuclear one,” said the Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that Iran also has a look to issues other than the country’s nuclear program in its dealing with the West.

“Within the framework of the issues that we have with the US, West and Zionism, we also foresee numerous topics other than the nuclear issue such as human rights, but if we focus on domestic capabilities … it will be easy to settle these issues as well,” the Leader underlined.

 “I know that we are faced with a lack of resources, and sanctions have contributed to the shortage of resources. Find the solution,” the Leader said.

“The solution is to economize,” said the Leader, adding priorities should be taken into account.

He emphasized that a lack of resources should not be used as an “excuse” to refrain from “doing one’s job.”

Ayatollah then urged legislators to “insist on the [Islamic] establishment’s principled stances.”

If there is no such insistence by the lawmakers, said the Leader, the country will face many dangers.

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