U.S. Policies in Region ‘Diametrically Opposed’ with Iran
“Whether the [nuclear] deal is approved or disapproved [in Majlis], we will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon,” Khamenei said.
“Even after this deal our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change,” Khamenei added. “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 program that we negotiated with Americans to serve our interests… U.S. policies in the region are diametrically opposed with Iran’s policies.”
“The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Khamenei said during his speech at the Mosala mosque in Tehran. “They know it’s not true. We had a fatwa [religious ruling] declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden under Islamic law.” (IRNA/BBC, 18 July)
The attendees repeatedly responded by chanting, "Death to America!" This was an angry speech and an angry celebration of the Eid that marked the end of Ramadan.
Photo credit: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking to supporters on Iran-U.S. relations; Tehran, 18 July 2015 (EPA/BBC)