Iran’s supreme leader in favor of nuclear agreement (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 12:58)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 8
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that he is in favor of a nuclear agreement to be reached, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Feb. 8.
However, he emphasized that not reaching an agreement is better than a deal which would be in contradiction with the interests of the Iranian people.
Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting with the commanders and staff members of the Iranian Air Force in Tehran.
"The US says that no deal is better than a bad deal," Khamenei said, emphasizing that he also think so.
He said the Iranian nuclear negotiators are trying to neutralize "the enemy's sanctions weapon."
"It would be much better if they succeed, but if they fail there are numerous other ways for the country to nullify this weapon," Khamenei added.
The talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) group were extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the Nov. 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in Nov. 2013 to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
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