Although for different reasons, I find myself agreeing more with the Ayatollah than I do my own president.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is opposed to a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers, a prominent hard-liner claimed Saturday.
Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of the daily newspaper Kayhan and a representative of Khamenei, made the comments in an editorial Saturday. It marked the first time someone publicly has claimed where Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, stands on the deal.
Another prominent hard-liner and Khamenei representative, Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, recently criticized the deal, saying it “crossed the red lines” set by Khamenei. He said the ayatollah said outsiders should never be allowed access to Iran’s security apparatus, but the deal violated that by allowing inspection of military sites.