Khamenei says nuclear agreement to not change Iran’s policy towards US

Khamenei says nuclear agreement to not change Iran’s policy towards US

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 18

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran's policy towards the US will not change after nuclear deal.

The "arrogant US government's" policies in the region fully contradict with the Islamic Republic policies, Khamenei said, adding, no matter if the comprehensive nuclear deal is approved or not, the Islamic Republic will not give up support of its friends in the region.

The oppressed people of Palestine, Yemen, Iraq, the Syrian government and people as well as the oppressed people of Bahrain and sincere resistance fighters in Lebanon and Palestine will be under the support of Iran, the Islamic Republic's Supreme leader said, Khamenei's official website reported July 18.

Khamenei further said that the "down with the US," and "death to Israel" slogans chanted at demonstrations in the latest Friday of the Ramadan month, last week, made clear the Islamic Republic's policy direction.

"As we've repeatedly announced the Islamic Republic does not hold bilateral negotiations with the US in regional and global issues," he underlined.

However in some "exceptional cases" such as the nuclear issue Iran has negotiated with the US "on the basis of expediency," he added.

Khamenei also underlined that the nuclear issue was not the only exceptional case which was talked with the United States.

He underlined that Iran would not let anyone to undermine the principles of the Islamic Republic, adding he will not allow misuse of the nuclear deal.

He also expressed support for nuclear deal and the country's negotiating team, saying the agreement text indicates the authority of the Iranian nation, which is gained by people's resistance and bravery and sacrifice of the country's nuclear scientists.

The research and development of the Islamic Republic's nuclear industry will continue, Khamenei stressed, adding that the Islamic Republic will not yield to "enemies' excessive demands" regarding the country's defensive capabilities.

"Defensive capabilities and the national security will be protected," he stated.

Iran and the P5+1 (US, Russia, China, France, UK, and Germany) reached a comprehensive nuclear agreement on July 14, after several months of talks, curbing Iran 's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions.

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