Supreme Leader's Response to President Rouhani's Letter on Nuclear Negotiations

The following is the full text of the letters written on November 24, 2013 by President Rouhani and Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution. These letters are about the initial agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 on issue of the peaceful nuclear program of Iran.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Rouhani's Letter:

To the blessed presence of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution- Hazrat Ayatollah Khamenei (may his achievements continue),

With peace and abundant greetings,

I thank God Almighty because in the first months of the administration of wisdom and hope, your revolutionary children managed to prove - during difficult and complicated negotiations in international arenas - that the people of Iran have the right to follow their nuclear activities. Your revolutionary children managed to take the first step in a way that the nuclear rights of the people of Iran and their right to enrichment was acknowledged by global powers, which were trying for many years to deny such rights. Therefore, the path for future lofty steps towards preserving the technological and economic progress of the country has opened up.

Our success in these negotiations showed that by observing all principles and all the red lines of the Islamic Republic and by expressing the reasonable and logical positions of the Iranian nation, we can call on global powers to respect the rights of the people of Iran. These negotiations showed that we can take future steps towards resolving all disagreements in a determined way.

Without a doubt, this success is the result of the attention of God, the guidance of the Supreme Leadership of the government and the complete support of the Iranian nation. The final success on this path depends on the continuation of your guidance and on the support and assistance of the noble and patient people of Iran.

The clear results of this initial agreement include the formal recognition of the nuclear rights of Iran and the preservation of the nuclear achievements of our country. Besides, the process of imposing oppressive sanctions being halted, part of the illegal pressures that were exerted through these unilateral sanctions have been lifted and the collapse of this system - which is based on imposing sanctions - has already begun. As a result of this innovation of Islamic Iran and this resistance of the great people of Iran, superpowers have reached the conclusion that sanctions and pressures will get them nowhere. As Iran had announced from the beginning, superpowers came to the conclusion that there is no way to reach an agreement except with mutual respect and with honorable negotiations. This is an issue which, unfortunately, the other party noticed late. Without a doubt, this agreement is to the advantage of all regional countries, it will further peace and global progress and it is in line with the principle of win-win.

I would like to congratulate you, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, on this divine blessing and I express my gratitude to you for your guidance and support. Also, I would like to thank the great people of Iran for their complete support. Commemorating the memory of our nuclear martyrs, I would like to renew the sincere pledge of this administration to render services to the people and I ask you and all the people to continue praying for this administration.

Hassan Rouhani

Supreme Leader's Response:

In the Name of Allah the Exalted,

Mr. President,

Such achievements [as written by you in your letter], deserve appreciation and we express our gratitude to the negotiating team and other officials. This achievement can be the basis for future intelligent measures. Undoubtedly, divine blessings and the prayers and the support of the Iranian nation have brought about this achievement, and God willing, it will be the same in the future. Resistance against avarice should always be the main standard in the forward movement for the officials in charge of this sector and so it shall remain, God willing.

Sayyid Ali Khamenei
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