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Khamenei foreign policy adviser says Iran sticking to its guns

Ali Akbar Velayati says that the nuclear deal will not change Iran's regional policy or limit the country's missile program.
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Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign policy adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke with Khamenei July 21 about the impact of the nuclear deal on Iran’s foreign policy and its missile program.

Velayati began the interview discussing the impact of sanctions on Iran, saying that the sanctions did have some positive effects because it forced Iran to rely on its own abilities and technologies in its defense industry. He compared the sanctions on Iran to the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s when Iran was subjected to international sanctions and isolation, and world powers “would not even give us a cartridge.” He said that only with the most difficulty they were able to get missiles from Libya and North Korea and eventually began to produce their own missiles.

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