Iran's supreme leader undergoes prostate surgery

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a ceremony on the occasion of Iran's national nuclear day in Tehran on April 9, 2014Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei successfully underwent prostate surgery it was announced Monday, in an unprecedented public statement about his health, which has long been the subject of speculation. The 75-year-old cleric, who has ruled since the death of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, had a routine operation, according to IRNA, Iran’s official news agency. “There is nothing to worry about,” the supreme leader said in a brief interview on state television which was recorded before he entered hospital. As an example of his influence, Khamenei made a speech on July 7 that outlined Iran’s demands under any nuclear deal with the West, two weeks before a deadline for an agreement was ultimately missed.

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