Iran and main regional powers

In order to better understand the implications of the deal with Iran for regional and international security, it is essential to take into account the main premises of Iran’s foreign policy. Firstly, despite criticism of the agreement in conservative circles in Iran, any progress would be impossible without prior endorsement by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – the highest political and religious authority in Iran. However, the Supreme Leader remains cautious about potential American influence on Iran’s political, economic and cultural life.