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Senior Iranian official says nuclear deal with 6 powers reflects failure of sanctions, threats

  • FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State John Kerry, meets with veterans and Gold Star Mothers to discuss the Iran Nuclear deal, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. A lame-duck president, an empowered opposition, a looming election: they’re hardly the ingredients for a resounding White House success. Yet President Barack Obama emerged victorious on the Iran nuclear deal in Congress this past week. The reasons involve politics, policy, and a president searching for one crowning foreign policy win. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State John Kerry, meets with veterans and Gold Star Mothers to discuss the Iran Nuclear deal, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. A lame-duck president, an empowered opposition, a looming election: they’re hardly the ingredients for a resounding White House success. Yet President Barack Obama emerged victorious on the Iran nuclear deal in Congress this past week. The reasons involve politics, policy, and a president searching for one crowning foreign policy win. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, right, greets Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

    In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, right, greets Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira at the start of their meeting in Tehran, Iran. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The head of Iran's nuclear agency says the deal his country struck with six world powers over its nuclear program showed Iran's resistance to pressure and threats.

Ali Akbar Salehi also says the agreement is a move to end a "contrived and unnecessary crisis." — an indirect criticism of at least some of the group, which comprises the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

Salehi spoke Monday at the opening session of the IAEA's 165-country annual General Assembly. He said the deal shows the failure of sanctions and "military threats."

Sanctions were imposed over Iran's refusal to curb nuclear activities amid U.S. and Israeli warnings of possible military action. The deal will lift sanctions if Iran reduces the scope of its program.