TEHRAN: Iran’s top leader on Friday ruled out cooperation with America against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, their common enemy in Iraq and Syria, insisting that the United States remains Tehran’s enemy despite a landmark nuclear deal with word powers.
Trusting the US would be “a big mistake”, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , Iran’s supreme leader, insisting that any cooperation with America goes “against independence” of the country.
Despite the nuclear deal, which went into effect this year, Iran has “many small and big enemies, but foremost among them are America, Britain and Israel,” he said.
Khamenei spoke at a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that brought hardline clerics to power and ousted the US-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Tens of thousands of Iranians attended the ceremony in Tehran while state TV broadcast Khamenei’s 90-minute speech live.
The deal with world powers eased Tehran’s isolation from the international community and removed many economic sanctions in exchange for Iran curtailing its nuclear program.
But the agreement, struck in 2015 with moderate President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, has been assailed by Iranian hardliners, and in the months since its implementation, Iran has conducted missile tests criticized by the US, as well as aired footage on state television of an underground missile base.