Khamenei welcomes sanctions lift, warns of U.S. 'deceit'
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[January 19, 2016]
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday welcomed the lifting of
international sanctions against Iran, but warned that Tehran should
remain wary of its old enemy the United States.
State television reported that Khamenei wrote to President Hassan
Rouhani to congratulate him on implementing the nuclear deal, which
resulted in U.S., European Union and United Nations sanctions being
lifted over the weekend.
In his first comments since the deal took effect, Iran's highest
authority made clear that Washington should still be treated with
suspicion. He made no mention of a surprise prisoner exchange that
also took place this weekend.
"I reiterate the need to be vigilant about the deceit and treachery
of arrogant countries, especially the United States, in this
(nuclear) issue and other issues," Khamenei said.
"Be careful that the other side fully meets its commitments. The
comments made by some American politicians in last two, three days
are suspicious," he added.
Republican candidates for the U.S. presidency have criticized the
deal, and some Iranian officials fear Washington could walk away
from the deal when President Barack Obama leaves office in early
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Hopes for a broader rapprochement between the two countries were
dashed on Sunday when Washington slapped new sanctions on companies
accused of supporting Iran's ballistic missile program, drawing an
angry response from Iranian officials.
(Reporting by Sam Wilkin and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by
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