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Khamenei further distances himself from Iran nuclear deal

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei further distanced himself from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/File Photo - S1AETHSUNEAA

During a speech May 22 to university students, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed a number of significant issues, including the future of the country’s political system and the nuclear deal with world powers.

Khamenei said one of the questions posed to him regarded whether, in his opinion, there are problems with the political structure of the Islamic Republic or if issues arise due to the performance of bureaucrats. Khamenei said, “The structure of the constitution is a good structure.” He said that over time, corrections and improvements can be made to the constitution and any shortcomings can be resolved. The Expediency Discernment Council, which was set up in 1988 to resolve differences between parliament and the Guardian Council, is one such improvement to the constitution, according to Khamenei. Even countries such as the United States, whose current political system is over 200 years old, make such adjustments to its government and constitution over the course of time, Khamenei added.

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