Nuclear pact not to change Iran’s policy toward U.S.: Leader

July 20, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei says the policy of the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic Establishment will by no means change vis-à-vis the United States following the signing of a nuclear pact between Iran and the 5+1 group of world powers.

“We will have no negotiations with America regarding bilateral, regional and global issues unless in exceptional cases like the nuclear [issue], which has had precedent,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Saturday addressing the Eid al-Fitr congregational prayers in Tehran.

Sharply criticizing the U.S. policies on “supporting the terrorist and infanticidal Zionist regime while labeling terrorist the devoted combatants of Lebanon’s Hezbollah,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Our policies are 180 degrees opposed to America’s policies in the region. Therefore, how can we negotiate with them?”

Ayatollah Khamenei then referred to ranting by U.S. officials in recent days following the conclusion of nuclear talks, saying, “These days, both statesmen and stateswomen in America have no option but to rant in order to resolve domestic problems, but there is no truth in their bombastic rhetoric.”

The Leader referred to the U.S. allegation of having blocked development of nuclear weapons in Iran, saying, “Years ago, we issued a fatwa, based on Islamic teachings, forbidding the production of nuclear weapons, and we face religious obstacles for the production of these weapons, but Americans who have sometimes owned up to the significance of this fatwa, keep lying in their propaganda and ranting, and claim that their threat has blocked the production of nuclear weapons by Iran.”

“The incumbent officials of America speak about the surrender of the Iranian nation. Of course, five former presidents after the [1979 Islamic] Revolution had these wishes in mind, but they either died or got lost in history, and like them, you may only dream of Iran’s surrender.”

Referring to the current U.S. president confessing to his country’s past mistakes with regard to Iran, including the August 19, 1953 coup d’état in Iran and Washington’s support for former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “That is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many mistakes which Americans still refuse to admit to.”

Ayatollah Khamenei recommended the U.S. officials to reconsider their current mistakes so that their successors would not have to acknowledge their current mistakes.

Reiterating the daily growing strength of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Leader said, “For around 12 years, six big countries of the world have been trying to stop Iran from pursuing nuclear industry and, as some people said, dismantle the nuts and bolts of Iran’s nuclear industry, but today, they have been forced to accept and tolerate the spinning of several thousand centrifuges and the continuation of [nuclear] research and development in Iran, and this means nothing but the strength of the Iranian nation.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the growing power and strength of the Islamic Republic stems from the steadfastness and resistance of the nation, as well as the bravery and creativity of Iranian scientists. Honoring the martyred nuclear scientists and their followers and families, the Leader said, “May God bestow His mercy on a nation which has stood by its word in this way.”

Leader lambasts Obama’s remarks on ability to destroy Iranian Army

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the incumbent U.S. president’s remarks about his country’s ability to destroy the Iranian Army, saying, “In the past, such remarks were interpreted “boasting among strangers” [who are not aware of the inability of the person who is boasting].”

Addressing the U.S. officials, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said, “We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal America.”

The Leader also appreciated those who were involved in the lengthy and breathtaking nuclear negotiations, particularly the efforts made by the nuclear negotiating team, saying, “For the [final] approval of the drawn up text, a legal course must be followed. Of course, whether or not this text is approved, the negotiators will be rewarded, God willing.”

Addressing those who are to review the “drawn-up nuclear text,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Do your job with care based on the country’s expediencies and national interests, so that you would be able to present the outcome of your reviews to the nation and to God with your head held high.”

Reiterating Iran’s determination to confront any exploitation of the “drawn-up text,” the Leader said, “Whether or not this drawn-up text is approved, we will allow nobody to harm the basic principles of the Islamic Establishment.”

Referring to the enemies’ focus on Iran’s defense issues, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “With God’s grace, the country’s defense capabilities and security domain will be safeguarded and the Islamic Republic will never give in to the excessive demands of the enemies.”

Continued support for the allies of the Islamic Republic in the region was another point which the Leader of the Islamic Revolution highlighted in his discussion of the nuclear issue.

Iran to keep supporting people of Yemen, Bahrain, Palestine and Syria

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Whether or not this drafted text is approved through legal process in the country, the Iranian nation will not stop supporting the oppressed nation of Palestine, Yemen, Bahrain as well as the nations and governments of Syria, Iraq and the honest combatants in Lebanon and Palestine.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also offered congratulations on the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Fitr to the Iranian nation and the entire Muslim world, describing this year’s month of Ramadan as the month when divine blessings rained on the Iranian nation in the real sense of the word.

Referring to the slogans “Death to Israel” and “Death to the U.S.” chanted by the Iranian nation on the Quds Day, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said, “Major orientations of the Iranian nation should be understood through these slogans and not on the basis of the biased language of foreigners, which is unfortunately repeated by some people who misunderstand [the realities] inside [the country].”

During his second sermon, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the tragic developments in the region, saying, “Unfortunately, unholy and mischievous hands made the blessed month of Ramadan bitter and difficult for many nations in the region [including] in Yemen, Bahrain, Palestine and Syria. These issues are important for the people of Iran.”

Leader urges ‘unity’ to resolve problems in Islamic world

Later on Saturday, Ayatollah Khamenei hosted a number of officials and ambassadors of the Islamic countries residing in Tehran, where he said that maintaining “unity” and “integrity” is the only solution to problems in the Islamic world.
The current religious and sectarian conflicts in the Mideast region have been created to divert the Muslims’ attention from the crimes committed by the Zionist regime of Israel, he said.
He said that the current divisions and differences in the region have been “imposed” by extra regional powers, adding that the Islamic countries’ politicians, officials and intellectuals should be aware of the traitors’ role in these differences in the Islamic countries.
Differences in the region are created to serve Israel’s interests, he stated.
The Leader also said that Iran’s policies in the region are totally opposed to those of the hegemonic powers specifically the U.S.
He went on to say that Iran does not trust Washington, because the U.S. politicians are not honest.
The Leader stated that the arrogant powers’ policy in Iraq is to topple the democratically elected Iraqi government, create rift between Shia and Sunni Muslims and disintegrate the country.
Iran’s policy on Iraq is to support the Iraqi government, resist against elements that wage civil war and help maintain the country’s territorial integrity, he added.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not seek its interests in the regional issues such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Bahrain and believes that the people are the main decision makers in these countries and others have not the right to interfere in their internal affairs,” the Leader stated.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Iranian people to maintain their unity, saying that the nuclear issue should not create division among the people because it is being carefully pursued by the officials who are seeking to preserve the national interests.