Source: RFE/RL (photos by Islamic Republic News Agency)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is urging officials not to base their hopes for the country's economic recovery on sanctions relief from any deal reached with world powers.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with Air Force officers
Speaking to army officers in Tehran on February, Khamenei said that "the only solution to the country's economic problems is to employ [Iran's] infinite domestic capacities, not to pin hopes on the lifting of sanctions."
His comments came as Iranian officials said separately that they're ready to answer questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about their nuclear program during talks in Tehran on February 8.
The visiting IAEA team is expected to raise sensitive military-related issues.
The talks are taking place 10 days before Tehran and world powers start negotiations on a long-term nuclear agreement built upon an interim deal that took effect in January.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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