Khamenei was hospitalized as his country and world powers
try to craft a final accord meant to banish global concerns about the nature of
Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
Iran denies charges that its civilian nuclear program is a cover to build
Accounts of Khamenei’s hospitalization are unlikely to
undercut efforts toward a final nuclear accord, said Geneive Abdo, a research
fellow at the Washington-based Stimson Center.
“There is a clear strategy from Iran and that is to have
sanctions lifted,” Abdo said in a phone interview. “Decisions around nuclear
talks have been made a long time ago.”
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