Iran supreme leader's business tied to sanction relief

Jan 22, 2014, 12:38 PM EST
Stock buyers and investers follow the trends on monitors at Tehran Stock Exchange on December 4, 2013 in Tehran, Iran. One monitor displays an image of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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Negotiations between Iran and six major world powers have produced a tentative deal to ease economic sanctions in exchange for a reduction of nuclear energy production. But new reporting suggests Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei may have a personal stake in the talks, with his business empire heavily invested in petrochemical companies that can now resume normal activity.

 

Background:

Khamenei's business empire gains from sanction relief [Reuters]

The Mullahs and their Money [WSJ]