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UK spy chief doubts Iran supreme leader will back nuclear deal

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the Iranian New Year, in Tehran, Iran, March 21, 2021. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the Iranian New Year, in Tehran, Iran, March 21, 2021. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Britain’s spy chief voices doubt that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will back a return to the 2015 nuclear accord despite marathon negotiations.

“I don’t think the supreme leader of Iran wants to cut a deal. The Iranians won’t want to end the talks either so that they could run on for a bit,” MI6 chief Richard Moore tells the Aspen Security Forum.

“I think the deal is absolutely on the table. And the European powers and the administration here are very, very clear on that. And I don’t think that the Chinese and Russians on this issue would block it. But I don’t think the Iranians want it,” Moore says.

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