The leader of Iran has made it clear that he will not respect the American policies imposed to Iran in a speech on Saturday, which has come across as very troubling according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spoke about the deal the United States and its allies have done with Iran on their nuclear programme and the policies of inspection of all military and non-military sites in Iran. He vowed to defy these policies and not allow them.

The deal was concluded the previous week in Vienna by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations, Britain, France, China, Germany and Russia. It imposes long-term curbs on what is suspected that Iran is creating a nuclear bomb, in exchange of lifting sanctions and unfreezing assets.

The Supreme Leader of Iran and its highest authority, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke in Tehran in front of an audience of supporters that yelled “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” He spoke about opposing American policies, which he described were 180 degrees opposed to Iran’s.

He opposes the deal because it was agreed between U.S. President Barack Obama and the elected President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, who Khamenei opposes. Each of the Presidents have a hard task in front of them to persuade their own countries that the deal is the best possible solution. Democrat Obama must persuade fellow Democrats and Republicans in Congress to approve the deal. However the Republican led Congress may oppose the deal, to which Obama has already taken steps for with announcing a veto if Congress gives objection. Rouhani, on the other hand has to pass the Iranese National Security Council and Khamenei.

According to Reuters, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that Khamenei’s trouble-making speeches are to be seen as worrisome. He stated “I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy. But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling.”

Kerry is set to persuade the American allies that the deal is good for the region and no trouble will come to them, especially Israel and Saudi Arabia and that the security of the region will be enhanced with making sure Iran does not build a nuclear weapon. According to Reuters, Kerry said “The agreement gets rid of the nuclear weapon potential. But if we do the right things… then I believe the Gulf States and the region can feel much more secure than they are today.”

The Iranese Revolutionary Guards are pressuring Khamenei to take a stronger stance on opposing the deal and block it under the pretence that the red lines set by Iran have been crossed by the UN resolution with the embargo on arms and restriction on Iran’s missile programme.

However, according to Reuters, the Iranese foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the deal is in accordance to the red lines of Iran and he stated “We don’t say the deal is totally in favor of Iran. Any negotiation is give and take and we have definitely shown some flexibility. I tell you as I told the Supreme Leader, we did our best to preserve most of the red lines, if not all.”

Even though advisers of Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard want him to clearly demonstrate that the UN has crossed the line on telling them what weapons they can make. They agree that they will not produce any nuclear weapons, but say that they will continue to make missiles, anti-missile defense systems, tanks and fighter jets.


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