Prominent Journalist: Leader Has Concerns About Accord
Kayhan (Iran) 16 August 2015
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TEHRAN (Dispatches) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei has reservations about a landmark nuclear accord reached with world
powers, a prominent journalist wrote on Saturday.
Hussein Shariatmadari, editor of the daily newspaper Kayhan and a
representative of Ayatollah Khamenei, made the comments in an editorial
Iran's parliament and the Supreme National Security Council will consider
the agreement in the coming days. The deal calls for limiting Iran's nuclear
program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
Shariatmadari said in the editorial that many parts of the deal threaten
Iran's independence, security and "the sacred system of the Islamic republic
of Iran" and that it would be "disastrous" if Tehran implements the accord.
He also referred to a speech by Ayatollah Khamenei last month during which
the Leader said, "Whether this text is approved or disapproved, no one will
be allowed to harm the main principles of the (ruling) Islamic system."
The editorial noted: "Using the phrase 'whether this text is approved or
disapproved' shows his lack of trust in the text of the deal. If His
Excellency had a positive view, he would have not insisted on the need for
the text to be scrutinized through legal channels ... It leaves no doubt
that His Excellency is not satisfied with the text."
Another prominent cleric and Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative, Ayatollah
Ahmad Alamolhoda, recently criticized the deal, saying it "crossed the red
lines" set by the Leader. He said Ayatollah Khamenei had said outsiders
should never be allowed access to Iran's security apparatus, but the deal
violated that by allowing inspection of military sites.