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02/15/15

Iran's Supreme Leader sends new letter to Obama: Wall Street Journal

Source: Tehran Times

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has responded to overtures from President Barack Obama seeking better relations by sending communications of his own to the White House, the Wall Street Journal said in an article on February 13.

According to the WSJ, Ayatollah Khamenei wrote to Obama in recent weeks in response to an October presidential letter that raised the possibility of U.S.-Iranian cooperation in fighting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if a nuclear deal is secured.

An Iranian diplomat told the paper that the Supreme Leader's response was "respectful" but noncommittal.

A senior White House official declined to confirm the existence of that letter.

Back in 2009, Ayatollah Khamenei sent a letter to the U.S. president early in his first term, outlining a string of abuses that the U.S. had committed against the Iranian people over the past 60 years.

Neither the White House nor the Iranian government has officially confirmed any correspondence between the two.

"The letters of the American president have a history of some years, and in some instances, there have been responses to these letters," said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, in November. He added that there were "contradictions" between policies laid out in the letters and U.S. actions, according to a translation of Mr. Shamkhani's comments by the Al-Monitor.

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