Khamenei: Iran policy towards U.S. will not change at all

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  


Mr. Khamenei said he wanted politicians to examine the agreement to ensure national interests were preserved.

Iranian opposition to the "arrogant" United States will not change despite a nuclear deal with world powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday.

In an address marking the end of Ramadan, Mr. Khamenei said he wanted politicians to examine the agreement to ensure national interests were preserved, as Iran would not allow the disruption of its revolutionary principles or defensive abilities.

"Whether the >(nuclear) deal is approved or disapproved, we will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon. Even after this deal our policy towards the arrogant U.S. will not change," he said.

What the cleric said:

*U.S. policy in West Asia is not in line with Tehran's strategy.

*Iran will continue to support its allies in the region, including the Hezbollah, Palestine and Syria.

*Iran's direct talks with Washington were limited to the nuclear issue only.

"The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Mr. Khamenei said at Tehran's Mosala mosque. "They know it's not true. We had a fatwa (religious ruling), declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden under Islamic law. It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks."

He said slogans of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" chanted at demonstrations in Iran this week supporting the Palestinian cause showed what Iranians think and "shook the atmosphere of the country".

"We have repeatedly said we don't negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear programme that we negotiated with Americans to serve our interests ... U.S. policies in the region are diametrically opposed with Iran's policies."

What the President said:

*Without the accord, the U.S. would risk another war in the most volatile region in the world.

*This deal actually puses Iran firther away from a bomb.

*Repercussions would be swift if Iran did not stick to the agreement.

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