Khamenei: Despite Nuclear Deal, Policy Toward 'Arrogant' U.S. Won't Change

Iranian leader says Iran is not seeking a nuclear weapon, and developing one violates the principles of Islam.

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses Iranian top officials in a mosque at his residence in Tehran, Iran, June 23, 2015.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses Iranian top officials in a mosque at his residence in Tehran, Iran, June 23, 2015.Credit: AP
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Barak Ravid

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that despite the nuclear agreement, Iran's policy toward the "arrogant" U.S. government will not change, and that the Iran still sees the United States as its enemy. During a speech marking Eid al-Fitr, Khamenei said that the "death to America, death to Israel" chants will continue, as they reflect the views of the Iranian people.

The Iranian leader also said that his nation's Middle East policy is in direct contrast with that of the United States, which according to Khamenei labels Hezbollah as a terrorist group "but supports the child-killing Zionists."

Khamenei also noted during his speech that Iran is not interested in developing a nuclear weapon and that doing so is contradictory to the principles of Islam.

The Iranian leader presented the nuclear agreement as a victory, saying "for 12 years, the world powers tried to halt Iran's nuclear program and now they have to come to terms with our spinning centrifuges." Khamenei also praised Iran's negotiating team for "doing the best they could" during the talks.

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