Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says U.S. Lifted Sanctions Only On Paper

DUBAI, April 27 – Iran‘s Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told hundreds of workers that a global deal, signed between Iran and world powers, had lifted financial sanctions, but U.S. obstruction was stopping Iran getting

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Iran and Russia Move Closer But Their Alliance Has Limits

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Lidia Kelly DUBAI/MOSCOW, April 26- When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year ago to press ahead with the

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Missiles, Not Talks, Key to Iran’s Future: Khamenei

DUBAI, March 30  – Iran’s top leader on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic Republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that have drawn criticism from the West for testing ballistic missiles. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supported last year’s nuclear deal with world powers but has since called for Iran

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Iran’s Leaders Offer Different Economic Visions For Coming Year

DUBAI, March 20 (Reuters) – Iran’s two most powerful figures offered contrasting visions for the economy in speeches marking Iranian new year on Sunday, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for self-reliance and President Hassan Rouhani urging cooperation with the world. In Nowruz speeches, Khamenei and Rouhani looked back on the past year, which

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Elections Gains Unlikely to Shift Iran Power Balance Fast

By Samia Nakhoul March 2  – Impressive gains by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in heavily handicapped elections to parliament and a clerical body are evidence of an isolated nation eager to move from theocracy to a more open democracy, but few expect a sudden shift in power. The Islamic Republic’s unique dual system of clerical

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Iran Reformists Cheer Election Gains, Hardliners Play Down Shift

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Feb 29 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won big gains in elections that could deepen the country’s engagement with the world after his government ended years of sanctions by agreeing to curb its nuclear program. The outcome shown in the latest results on Monday was a blow to

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