Obama optimistic about Iran nuclear deal despite Khamenei's comments

April 12, 2015 12:34 AM

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Obama optimistic about Iran nuclear deal despite Khamenei's comments

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama expressed optimism on Saturday that major world powers and Iran could finalize a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program despite strong words this week from the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Obama downplayed Khamenei's demands that a final deal result in an end to all sanctions on Iran, telling reporters at the Americas summit in Panama that Khamenei and others in Iran were addressing their own internal politics.

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