Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan rejected some speculations that the Iran-US talks within the framework of the Iran-powers nuclear talks means an end of animosity between the two arch foes, stressing that Washington is still Iran’s enemy as it continues its hostilities towards Tehran.
“The US hostility towards Iran has not ended and these animosities will still continue,” Pourdastan said addressing the closing ceremony of ‘Beitol Moqaddas 26′ military drills in Isfahan province.
He noted that Iran should be more watchful when the US officials speak about friendship with Iran as “the US has received a heavy blow from Iran”.
Brigadier General Pourdastan reiterated that no one should suppose that the war with the global arrogance has ended, “because Washington does not intend to put an end to its grudge against Tehran”.
He said “the US attacked Afghanistan and Iraq because it wanted to dominate Iran…, but it failed”.
In relevant remarks early October, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei voiced strong support for President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic efforts, but meantime avoided throwing his weight behind each and every move that the president made in his recent New York visit, saying that he lacks trust in the US.
“We support the movement in government’s diplomacy, including the New York visit, since we hold trust in the … government and we are optimistic about it, but some of what happened in the New York visit were not proper because we believe the US administration is untrustworthy, conceited, illogical and unfaithful to its pledges,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a cadets graduation ceremony here in Tehran at the time.
He reiterated his confidence in the Iranian officials, yet, he advised them “to take their steps strongly, but carefully and after thorough study”, underlining that the country’s officials should always have national interests, Islamic Republic’s exalted causes and national honor in mind.
Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated on the reason for Iran’s lack of confidence in the US administration, and said, “Actually, the US administration moves in the direction of the Zionists’ interests, and it blackmails the entire world and is blackmailed by the Zionist regime.”
Addressing the UN General Assembly meeting late September, US President Barack Obama said the US wanted to resolve the nuclear issue peacefully, and added, “We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy.”
“Instead, we insist that the Iranian government meet its responsibilities under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and UN Security Council resolutions,” he added.
Also, in September, media reports said that the Iranian and the US presidents talked over phone before President Rouhani’s departure from New York.
The two presidents talked over the phone as President Rouhani was in a car and heading towards the New York International Airport.
President Rouhani and President Obama discussed different issues during their phone conversation.
The Iranian and US presidents underlined the need for a political will for expediting resolution of West’s standoff with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program.
President Rouhani and President Obama stressed the necessity for mutual cooperation on different regional issues.
But after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, the US president made a U-turn, and said that “we take no options off the table, including military options” which revealed the US administration’s lack of independence and decision-making power.
The United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the United States’ espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since, but have shown willingness to attend talks to help resolve regional issues, including security in Iraq. Yet, the two countries have avoided talks on bilateral issues for the last thirty years.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.