Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei says US, 'evil' Britain remain main enemies: State TV

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that Teheran has no intention of cooperating on regional issues with the US and Britain.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that Teheran has no intention of cooperating on regional issues with the US and Britain.PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday (June 3) that Teheran had no intention of cooperating on regional issues with its main enemies the United states and "evil" Britain, state TV reported.

"America has continued its enmity towards Iran since (the 1979 Islamic) revolution... It is a huge mistake to trust the evil Britain and the great Satan (US)," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.

"We will not cooperate with America over the regional crisis," he said, adding that: "Their aims in the region are 180 degrees opposed to Iran's."

Iran's most powerful authority, Ayatollah Khamenei also said the United States had not remained committed to a nuclear deal reached between Teheran and six major powers in 2015 aimed at curbing the country's disputed nuclear programme.

Under the agreement, economic sanctions were lifted in January after Iran suspended sensitive nuclear work that the West suspects was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. Iran denies seeking a nuclear bomb.

Following the end of the sanctions on Iran, the country has started to increase trade with the West. But some US sanctions remain and US banks remain prohibited from doing business with Iran directly or indirectly because Washington still accuses Teheran of supporting terrorism and human rights abuses.

"They use human rights, terrorism ... as pretexts to avoid fulfilling their commitments," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"If we remain strong and united and revolutionary, those who are trying to bully Iran and are against us will not succeed," he told a gathering to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the revolution's founder, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, in 1989.

Iran has repeatedly urged Washington to do more to remove obstacles to the banking sector.