The top leader in Iran said on Friday that the Islamic Republic would not cooperate with the United States against the militant radical group Islamic State. He insisted that the U.S. remains an enemy of Tehran despite entering into a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers.
Trusting the United States would be a huge mistake said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the Supreme Leader, saying that any cooperation with the U.S. is against Iran’s independence.
Despite the signing of the nuclear program deal, which this year has gone into effect, Iran had a number of small and large enemies, but the foremost amongst them is America, Britain as well as Israel, added Khamenei.
The Supreme Leader spoke during a ceremony that marked the 27th anniversary of Ayotollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s death. He was the leader of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 that brought to power hard-line clerics and ousted long tome U.S. backed leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
There were thousands and thousands of Iranians, who attended Friday’s ceremony in the capital of Iran, while a speech of 90 minutes by Khamenei was broadcast on state TV.
The nuclear pact between world powers and Iran eased the isolation of Iran from the rest of the world and removed a number of economic sanctions in return for the country curbing back its nuclear program.
However, the agreement, reached in 2015 under the moderate administration of President Hassan Rouhani, has been criticized heavily by hard liners in Iran and since the implementation of the accord, Iran has carried out missile testing that the U.S. criticized and aired video on its state television of a missile base that is underground.
No formal discussions have been held for cooperation or a joint fight between Iran and the U.S. against ISIS.
In Iraq, the powerful group of Revolutionary Guards from Iran are on the war’s front line, backing the Shiite militias as well as the government forces of Iraq in an offensive to reclaim the land that the ISIS militant took.
Airstrikes led by the U.S. are backing the latest offensive versus ISIS.
In Syria, a top backer of current President Bashar Assad is Iran, as well as Russia. The Iranian government deployed military advisors to support Syria’s government.
At the same time, the United States and its allies in the West, along with most Gulf Arab countries, back the rebels in Syria fighting to end the rule of Assad.