Ayatullah Khamenei's Defiant Speech on Nuclear Talks: 3 Takeaways

April 15, 2015 10:34 PM

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Ayatullah Khamenei's Defiant Speech on Nuclear Talks: 3 Takeaways

Ayatullah Ali Khamenei broke his silence on the outline of a nuclear deal with the West on April 9, in a speech widely understood to be a buzzkill. “I have told the officials to not trust the opposing side,” he said, “to not be fooled by their smiles, to not trust their promises because when they have achieved their objectives they will laugh at you.”

By the time the Khamenei, 75 and ailing, took the stage in Tehran on April, it was clear Iran’s right-wingers needed to be let out of their cage. At that point, all the skepticism toward the outline agreement seemed to be coming from the U.S. Congress, and in these negotiations, skepticism back home...

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