Spokesman: N. deal not to change Iran’s policies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari underlined on Monday that the July nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers would never leave any impact on the country’s policies on major domestic, regional and international issues.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue moving on the orbit of its strategic policies in confrontation against terrorism as well as all other issues related to foreign policy and the agreement made on the special nuclear issue doesn’t affect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s macro policies,” Jaberi Ansari told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran today.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran adopts its policies based on the general principles of the country’s foreign policy in different fields and based on the existing realities, needs and necessities,” he added.

High-ranking Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, have on different occasions underscored that the country’s major policies in defense, regional, missile development, anti-terrorism and other fields like ties with the US will not be affected by the nuclear agreement.

In relevant remarks in October, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri underscored that the country will not implement any part of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers that could debilitate its defensive power.

Asked to comment on the statements of a number of politicians who have said the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers would undermine Iran’s military capabilities, Jazzayeri told FNA that enemies’ schemes to weaken the Islamic Republic of Iran’s defensive power will fail, “and fortunately, there is not even the slightest doubt about the ascending trend of the Armed Forces’ capabilities and skills,”.

He referred to the war rhetoric against Iran by the US and Israel, and said, “Therefore, we should increase our military power to safeguard the national security of Iran and our friends and this important issue will not be affected by any other phenomenon.”

“Any parts of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which could leave (negative) impacts on the country’s defensive power will not be implemented; I tell this to both the Iranians and the foreigners,” Jazzayeri stressed.

Noting that the Armed Forces have special plans after the approval of the JCPOA, he said Iran will soon stage several missile drills.

Also in November, Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that despite the nuclear deal and Washington’s claims, the US is still seeking to change the ruling system in Iran.

“The reality is that the US objectives vis a vis the Islamic Republic of Iran have not changed at all and if they can, they will not hesitate a moment to annihilate the Islamic Republic but they cannot, and with God’s help, they will fail in materializing this goal in the future too in light of industrious moves by the youth, increasing and deepening insight of the nation and Iran’s progress,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in Tehran, addressing the Iranian university students and pupils on the threshold of the ‘Students Day’ and the ‘Day of Campaign against Arrogance’ in Iran.

He referred to certain superficial and unreal flexibilities shown by the US during the recent nuclear talks with Iran, and said that the reality behind such behavior is that the US is still pursuing the same inimical policies towards Iran, which will never be forgotten by the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei underscored that the US support for the criminal Zionist regime and the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes against the Yemeni people reveals Washington’s real face.

He referred to Iran’s normal relations with other world states even those who show some hypocritical behavior towards the Iranian nation, but said the US which uses every pretext to hit a blow at the nation and annihilate the Islamic Republic is an exception to this rule, reiterating that “religion, wisdom, conscience and humanity all stand against such friendship”.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the US continued practical enmity towards the Islamic Republic, and said religious beliefs are the root cause of this enmity as it is the source inspiring the Iranian nation with resistance. “Therefore, they have targeted those beliefs using new instruments but our students and youth will foil such tricks and plots.”

By Fars News Agency