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Nuclear team 'will defend Iran's rights': Khamenei

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:25 AM
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the 25th death anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, in Tehran on June 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday the country’s nuclear negotiating team at talks in Vienna will defend “the rights of the nation” in negotiations with world powers.

“We trust the negotiating team and are sure they will not allow anyone to harm the nation’s nuclear rights,” said Khamenei who has the final say on major issues, his official website said.

He was speaking after receiving the country’s leaders to break the Ramadan fast.

Ultra-conservative groups in Iran regularly criticise the country’s nuclear talks team, saying it has ceded too much to the so-called P5+1 group of the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany.

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