NEW: Iran’s top leader endorses landmark nuclear deal

Ali Akbar Salehi
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, bottom, speaks in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Sunday the country's parliament has approved an outline of a bill that allows the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s supreme leader has endorsed a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers, but has warned the government to be vigilant, saying the United States cannot be trusted.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed the deal in a letter to moderate President Hassan Rouhani that was read on state TV on Wednesday. Until now he had publicly declined to approve or reject the deal while expressing support for Iran’s negotiators. Khamenei has the final say on all major policies.

The agreement reached in July with the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany would curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of crippling international sanctions.

Western nations have long suspected Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian program, charges rejected by Tehran, which insists its program is entirely peaceful.

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