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Party in Tehran

Khameini backs nuclear deal as Iranians celebrate

Thousands of Iranians reportedly celebrated the country's nuclear deal in the streets of Tehran on Tuesday night, gathering in at least three major squares to dance and blow horns. The accord between Iran and six world powers limits the country's nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting sanctions, which have hit its economy hard. "Rouhani, Obama, congratulations!" some Iranians sang. The deal also reportedly received the crucial support of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, who thanked negotiators on Tuesday for their "honest and diligent efforts." His endorsement should strengthen President Hassan Rouhani's hand against the country's hardliners. Read more at Bloomberg and Haaretz.