Iran’s defense minister reiterated the official Iranian position that, even after the nuclear agreement is enacted, Iran will continue to provide arms, technology and other support to any group fighting the United States.
Speaking on Lebanese television earlier this month (see video below), Minister of Defense Hossein Dehghan said, “I officially declare that under no circumstances will we refrain from providing material and moral support to Hezbollah, or to any group of the resistance to the U.S. and Israel. We say this loud and clear. We have declared this officially and we intend to continue on this path.”
Although Dehghan insisted Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah do not need Iran to supply them with rockets and other arms since they now have the capability to produce weapons themselves, he said Iran would, nevertheless, continue to support them.
Dehghan also confirmed the United States will permanently remain the “Great Satan” to the Iranian regime, explaining, “Ayatollah Khomeini called the U.S. the ‘Great Satan,’ and there is nothing strange about it. This name was given on the principles of the holy Quran, which clearly points to Satanic characteristics, conduct and goals.”
The minister explained the U.S. had earned this title since, from the end of World War II, Washington had "dedicated itself" to a policy of “instigating strife, discord and wars between the world’s nations … solely to serve American interests.”
Dehghan mentioned the U.S. involvement in deposing Mohammad Mosaddegh , the democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953, as well as the Vietnam War and the Korean War.
The Iranian perception of the U.S.’ willingness to compromise on its “red lines” during the nuclear negotiations also appears to have backfired in the eyes of the Islaamic Republic.
“During the (nuclear) negotiations, they kept changing their positions,” Dehghan said. “Their positions were not resolute and therefore, we do not trust their positions. They have no credibility and do not keep their promises.”
Dehghan also charged that the U.S. is currently facing international isolation because of its “unstable positions and its attacks on weak countries.”