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Iran's top leader urges officials not to pin economic hopes on sanctions relief

Iran's Supreme Leader has urged officials not to pin hopes for economic recovery on the sanctions relief from a landmark deal reached with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also called on critics of the interim nuclear deal achieved on Nov. 24 in Geneva to be fair and give time to President Hassan Rouhani to pursue its policy of engagement with the outside world.

He was speaking to air force officers Monday. His comments were posted on his website, leader.ir. Khamenei said the government should rely on Iran's domestic capabilities to resolve economic problems.

Negotiations over a final comprehensive deal are to start Feb. 18.

Rouhani has been strongly criticized by hard-liners who say the interim deal made too many concessions in return for too little.

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