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Khamenei praises Rouhani's UN visit but says some behavior 'not correct'

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Saturday he was happy about the way his government handled the visit to the United Nations General Assembly but that some of the behavior was "not correct."

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"I am happy about how my government handled the visit to the UN because I trust my government," he said.

Speaking to cadets at a military academy, Khamenei also warned that "some of what happened in New York was not correct" because the United States was "untrustworthy" and "doesn't honor its deals." He did not provide any specifics on what he was referring to.

Khamenei's remarks were the first since the country's recently elected President Hassan Rouhani spoke to President Barack Obama by phone last month, several days after the UN meeting in New York.

That was the first time leaders of the two countries have spoken since 1979.

Since his election in June, Rouhani has put forward a more moderate tone toward the US and the West, a far cry from the belligerent rhetoric of his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A majority of Iranian parliamentarians signed a letter this week signaling support of Rouhani's new image of a "powerful and peace-seeking Iran which seeks talks and interaction for the settlement of regional and international issues," according to Iran's Fars news agency.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also commended Rouhani's interviews with foreign media.

Last month, Rouhani told NBC News' Ann Curry that Iran would not develop nuclear weapons – but he also blamed Israel for causing "injustice to the people" of the Middle East.

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Although Khamenei expressed support of his new government Saturday, he was quick to warn the cadets to be "aware of the evil intentions of Iran's enemies."

In reference to nuclear negotiations, he said he wants his government "to be aware of the atmosphere around them and take firm steps, but not to forget the country's national interests."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week urged for tough negotiations to ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. The West – and Israel – has long suspected Tehran wants to create a nuclear bomb.

In an interview with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell, Netanyahu warned that Rouhani is "a wolf in sheep's clothing" and that Khamenei "heads a cult" which he said was "wild in its ambitions and its aggression."

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