Khameni on the Iran deal (corrected)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khameni spoke today for the first time since the parties concluded the agreement blessing and protecting Iran’s nuclear program. Unlike our Supreme Leader and Obama administration officials, whose every word on the subject is shot through with falsity, Khameni and the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran have occasionally proved more reliable sources of information regarding the proceedings going back to the interim deal. Today Khameni commented on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: “The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. They know it’s not true.”

A full stop here would have made a valuable contribution, but Khameni continued, citing his mythical fatwa: “We had a fatwa, declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden under Islamic law. It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks.” Given the mythical nature of the fatwa, we can say that the truth is in there somewhere!

As for any restrictions preventing the Islamic Republic of Iran from supporting its terrorist friends with the billions of dollars the regime stands to receive at the front end of the deal, Khameni was more forthcoming. He proved a more reliable source than administration officials on this point: “Whether the deal is approved or disapproved, we will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon,” Khameni said. “Even after this deal, our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change. We don’t have any negotiations or deal with the U.S. on different issues in the world or the region.”

Via Carol Morello/Washington Post.

CORRECTION: In the original version of this post I simply missed the first full Khameni quote above provided by a reader via the Jerusalem Post: “The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weaon. They know it’s not true. We had a fatwa (religious ruling), declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden under Islamic law. It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks.” I regret the error.

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