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'US Iran’s No.1 enemy despite nuclear deal'

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Nuclear deal signed in July apparently does not change Iran’s stance with regard to US.

Number of Iran’s high ranking officials say that the nuclear deal with six world powers does not change country’s position on the US, and hostile sentiment remains, the New York Times reported.

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, announced plans to expand the reach of Iran’s missiles and warned that despite the nuclear deal, America was still the “same Great Satan.”

General Jafari criticized advocates of improved ties, led by the government of President Hassan Rouhani, who has repeatedly said that his administration wants a better relationship with the United States.

“We should not be cheated by the new slogans of this country,” General Jafari said, referring to the United States, according to Fars News Agency.

The United States remains Iran’s “number one enemy” despite a recent nuclear deal with world powers, the chief of Tehran’s top clerical body said.

The Assembly of Experts is among Iran’s most influential institutions, comprising 86 elected clerics who appoint and can dismiss the country’s supreme leader, led by ultraconservative Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi.

The nuclear agreement should not “change our foreign policy” of opposition to the United States, “our number one enemy, whose crimes are uncountable,” Yazdi said in a speech opening the annual two-day assembly meeting.

“The U.S. and Israel are the source of the situation in the region and (their) goal is to protect the Zionist regime in the Middle East,” he was quoted as saying, blaming the two countries for the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who as a cleric is also a member of the Assembly of Experts, took office in 2013 and has since reached out to the West for better relations.

When distributors selling clothes featuring American and British symbols, like the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack, appeared in Iran’s capital. Tehran’s police chief, Gen. Hossein Sajedinia, ordered police officers to arrest them and after the “operation” was quoted saying that garments imprinted with “satanic symbols” had been seized from stores in Tehran.

The nuclear agreement reached on July 14 with six world powers — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — has helped revive Iran’s political stating with the European countries.

Several high-level European delegations have visited Tehran since the deal.

But despite the nuclear talks and the intricate role U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry played in getting the deal across the line, there is currently little prospect of normalisation between Iran and the United States.

Resource: World Bulletin, September 02, 2015

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