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Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pens letter to the world

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

10-26-2015 15:48 BJT

Cheng Tong, Dean of School of Asian and African Studies, Shanghai International Studies University

The leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on October 22 wrote a letter about the nuclear agreement (JCPOA) to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and addressed to the whole world. Different parties have already given their interpretations of the Iran nuclear agreement.

According to the letter, Khamenei has set forth his position. He praised his nation's efforts. He pointed out his suspicions of the United States and endorsed Tehran's traditional attitude towards Washington in the international sphere.

He calls for implementation of the JCPOA, which has attracted much worldwide attention. Khamenei has agreed to the JCPOA conditionally as another positive step to resolve Iran's nuclear issue, but he made people feel uneasy about the future.

Khamenei has encouraged Iranians by praising Rouhani government and its negotiating team's contributions, but confirmed the sharp criticisms against some clauses of the nuclear agreement by the members of relative committees and the Islamic Congress of Iran.

He insists on Iran's traditional foreign political principles supporting hospitality between the two governments. He spoke of ambiguities in the JCPOA that could harm Iran’s national interest by aligning with Washington at the risk of endangering the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Khamenei seeks to protect the fundamental interests of the country, especially its nuclear rights by signing contracts with sufficient guarantees.

He supports Iran to adopt a policy for an independent economic development in the future.  He has stated that although the lifting of sanctions is important, yet the economic development, improving people’s living standard and overcoming  economic difficulties should rely on the enhanced  domestic productivity. Meanwhile, Iran should prevent a flood of imports including goods from the US that could overwhelm the nation after sanctions are lifted.

Khamenei's letter demonstrates his attitude to domestic and international groups, his authority over the nuclear problem and sanctions, while foreseeing Iran’s further nuclear development and the country’s future.

He believes the nuclear issue will not be solved with the signing of the JCPOA, but a starting ground for a long period of arduous negotiations.

The difficulties will occur continuously. Iranians, who were questioned in the streets, say they remain cautiously optimistic of Iran's future.


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