Iran’s top leader has called for vigilance in ensuring that world powers meet their commitments under a newly implemented nuclear deal while expressing “pessimism” about U.S. intentions.
In his first public remarks since international sanctions were lifted following a U.N. report that Iran had fully complied in scaling back its nuclear program, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Tehran should “exercise care [that] the other party implements its commitments.”
He added that “expressions by some U.S. politicians in recent days are a matter of pessimism,” without elaborating.
The remarks, his first since the deal was implemented over the weekend, came in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani published by state media Tuesday. Khamenei, the country’s top decision maker, has praised Iran’s negotiators while continuing to express deep mistrust of the United States.