Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, cautiously welcomed on Tuesday the completion of the nuclear deal and the lifting of economic sanctions last weekend, while at the same time dashing any expectations that the event marked the beginning of a detente with the United States. On Tuesday, in a letter to President Hassan Rouhani published on his website, Khamenei.ir, Ayatollah Khamenei warned the government to guard vigilantly against American “deceptions,” saying it was time to ensure that Iran’s opponents honor their part of the deal. Khamenei urged Mr. Rouhani to be on his guard. “The comments made by some American politicians in the last two, three days are cause for deep suspicion,” he wrote.
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