“Khamenei also said Tuesday’s nuclear agreement would not alter Iran’s support for the governments of Syria and Iraq nor its backing of “oppressed people” in Yemen and Bahrain, and the Palestinians”.
Despite months of trying to stall or derail the agreement – including Netanyahu denouncing it before a joint session of the U.S. Congress in March – Israel has failed to exert influence on the United States, its closest ally, and is feeling exasperated. Iran also continues to call for the destruction of Israel, which Khamenei described in his speech as a “terrorist, baby-killer government”.
Even before an unprecedented two years of direct dialogue on Iran’s nuclear program, Washington and Tehran had diplomatic contacts when it suited both their interests. “Ayatollah Khamenei has in the past appeared to back this view, so long as Washington [acts] in good faith over the nuclear deal”. That likely means he won’t offer a major criticism of the deal as Iran’s parliament and its Supreme National Security Council, the nation’s highest security decision-making body, consider the agreement in the coming days.
The Obama administration ramped up its campaign Thursday for support of the Iran nuclear deal at home and overseas, vowing to help defend Saudi Arabia and other allies from any surge in Iranian-backed unrest and lobbying skeptical members of Congress. “And there’s a permanent prohibition on Iran ever having a nuclear weapon”, Mr Obama said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly opposed the deal, saying it will enable Iran to emerge from crippling economic sanctions while doing nothing to moderate Iran’s aggressive behavior around the Middle East.
In a message to Islamic and Arab countries on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of Ramadan, Zarif said: “By solving the artificial crisis about its nuclear programme diplomatically, a new opportunity for regional and global cooperation has emerged”.
“Americans have tried to suggest that Iran has given up its anti-U.S. stance in order to tarnish Tehran’s image in the eyes of its supporters”.
Taraqi accused Rouhani and his moderate allies of “seeking to pave the way for normalization of relations with the U.S”. There are some exceptions like the nuclear program that we negotiated with Americans to serve our interests…