Iran reiterates its stance on 'arrogant' US

TEHERAN • Iran's avowed opposition to an "arrogant" United States government will not change despite a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said yesterday at a prayer gathering marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

In a speech in which he stressed Iran was sharply at odds with US policy across the Middle East, Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted huge differences over the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and other regional states.

"We haven't any other talks with the US on regional and bilateral issues," said the 76-year-old cleric, who has the final say on matters of state.

The remarks were greeted by customary chants of "Death to America", a feature of public ceremonies since the Islamic revolution of 1979 which toppled the US-backed shah.

Tuesday's nuclear deal between Iran and six powers led by the US has raised hopes it might pave the way for greater cooperation with Teheran elsewhere, particularly in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.

Iran has always denied seeking a nuclear weapon, a position Ayatollah Khamenei restated yesterday. He stressed that the agreement with Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany was not yet law and would have to be carefully scrutinised.

In Washington, President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address to rebuff critics of the agreement. He said that without the accord, "we'd risk another war in the most volatile region in the world".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 19, 2015, with the headline 'Iran reiterates its stance on 'arrogant' US'. Print Edition | Subscribe