In his first public speech since the announcement of an agreement between Iran and the world powers about Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s supreme leader reaffirmed Iran’s position that the “arrogant” United States remains an enemy of Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei further stated Iran’s continued support for its friends in the Middle East, including the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, the governments of Syria and Iraq, the “oppressed people” in Yemen and Bahrain, and Palestinian oppositions groups (such as Hamas).
Khamenei’s remarks, made at a gathering in Tehran to mark the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, were punctuated by chants of “Death to America” emanating from the crowd.
The speech leaves little doubt as to where Iran will be putting a percentage of the more than $150 billion in economic sanctions relief that will be released to the Islamic republic as part of the nuclear agreement with the P5+1.
“Our policies toward the arrogant U.S. government will not change. U.S. policies in the region differ from Iran's by 180 degrees," Khamenei vowed, saying that the nuclear agreement was an “exception.”
"We haven't any other talks with the U.S. on regional and bilateral issues," he said, ruling out any cooperation or softening on Iran’s previous positions that run diametrically opposed to those of the U.S.
At the same time, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander spoke against the agreement in regards to the deal’s eight-year limitation on Iran’s ballistic missile program.
“Supporting the country’s nuclear negotiators does not mean that we will accept all the terms of the counter side,” said IRGC political bureau chief Rasul Sanai Rad.
He said access to Iran’s ballistic missiles is not a topic for talks and the deal should not set any precedent for the West’s interference in any of Iran’s military programs.