Iran’s Supreme Leader Is Wild Card in Nuclear Deal – Wall Street Journal

VIENNA—It wasn’t until American negotiators were close to a nuclear deal with Iran that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry turned to his Iranian counterpart and asked about the wild card.

“Do you have the mandate of the Supreme Leader?” Mr. Kerry asked, referring to Tehran’s paramount political figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he was confident he did.

The exchange, described by U.S….

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