Iran's official IRNA news agency says the country’s military chief has signaled his support for the Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers despite expressing concerns about it.
IRNA says General Hassan Firouzabadi, a close ally of Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke about 16 advantages of the deal.
His remarks are seen as a major endorsement that may push conservatives to join moderates in supporting the agreement despite growing opposition from hard-liners.
Khamenei has the final say on all state matters.
He has not publicly approved or disapproved the deal.
However, he repeatedly has offered words of support for his country's nuclear negotiators.
Iran's parliament and the Supreme National Security Council, the country's highest security decision-making body, are to consider the agreement in the coming days.
Based on reporting by AP and IRNA