Iran's supreme leader praises nuclear team's 'hard endeavours'

A file photo of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. AFP

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday praised the "honest and hard endeavours" of the country's nuclear negotiating team after a deal was struck with world powers in Vienna.

The message, carrying the #IranDeal hashtag on Khamenei's official Twitter account, was his first reaction to the agreement and it came after he met President Hassan Rouhani and the cabinet at an iftar dinner in Teheran.

There were no other remarks about the nuclear talks from Khamenei, who as Iran's ultimate authority has the last word on all matters of state and whose influence supersedes all politicians in the Islamic republic.

An account of Tuesday night's meeting posted on Khamenei's official website said Rouhani had thanked the leader for his "support and guidance to the government and the nuclear negotiating team".

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