To calm radicals, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran´s policy against U.S. has not changed.
The Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, centre, leads the Eid al-Fitr prayers at Tehran’s Grand Mosalla on Friday Photo Credit to AFP/Getty
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the theocratic Iranian Revolution, said, Saturday, July 18th, that the policy of his country against the United States would not change, despite the agreement reached with the major powers about the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue supporting its friends in the region, the oppressed people of Palestine and Yemen, the people and governments of Syria and Iraq, the oppressed people of Bahrain and sincere resistance fighters in Lebanon and Palestine. […] ”
The Supreme Leader said in a speech on the occasion of prayer for Aid el-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the fats of the Muslim Ramadan. “Our policy will not change against the US arrogant government” insisted Khamenei whose remarks were welcomed by traditional “death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
“We have said many times, we have no dialogue with the US on international issues, regional or bilateral. Sometimes, as in the nuclear case, we negotiated with the United States on the basis of our interests, “he further stated. Khamenei also stressed that “US policies in the region are 180% opposed to those in the Islamic Republic of Iran”.
An arch conservative with the last word on high matters of state, Khamenei repeatedly used the phrase “whether this text is approved or not”, implying the accord could be rejected if the same occurs in the U.S. Congress.
However, Khamenei did not echo criticisms of the deal made on Friday by a top cleric, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, who said in an address broadcast on radio that it reflected excessive demands by world powers that were an “insult”.