Khamenei says nuclear deal, if passed, will not open Iran to U.S. influence

August 17, 2015 9:23 AM

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DUBAI - Iran's nuclear deal with world powers will not open the Islamic Republic to political or economic influence from the United States and could still be blocked by either country, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday.

The conservative cleric, Iran's highest authority, has refrained from making decisive statements on the nuclear deal reached last month, which must still be approved by the U.S. Congress before taking effect.

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