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Senior Cleric urges efforts to make US crimes known globally

5 November 2016 11:44

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A senior Iranian cleric and Tehran’s interim Friday prayers leader slammed the US government as the Muslim world’s archenemy, calling for attempts to let the whole world know about Washington’s criminal conducts and lack of commitment to treaties.

Acording to Tasnim news agency, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani said in an address to a gathering of Friday prayers worshippers in Tehran “If we manage to publicize the US crimes in the world properly, the (Middle East) region’s reactionary states will realize that they will gain nothing from (relations with) the US.”

Calling for measures to show the US’ true colors to the world by disclosing its crimes, the cleric pointed to Washington’s breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the 5+1 group (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), and its refusal to lift anti-Iran sanctions under the accord.

The JCPOA did not yield any results, and it became clear that the US lies and does not honor commitments, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani deplored.

He also emphasized that Iran needs to resolve its problems by relying on domestic capabilities, stressing that the US would never help the country settle its woes.

His comments came after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei reiterated on Wednesday that negotiating with the US government will not resolve Iran’s problems, but will aggravate them.

“We need to solve problems by ourselves through reliance on the local capabilities and young forces,” the Leader said.

The wrong and “very dangerous” notion that détente with the US would resolve Iran’s problems can be proved false with detailed reasoning, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined, referring to the US violations of the JCPOA as a glaring example of falsehood of that concept.

Tehran and the 5+1 group (also known as E3+3) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA.

The accord took effect in January and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation has been hampered mainly due to US policies.

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