• Chief Of Iran’s Elite Guard Corps Says Hostility With US ‘Has Increased’

    The leader of the Revolutionary Guard, an elite part of Iran’s military, said Tuesday that the U.S.-led nuclear deal will change nothing in the countries’ relationship.

    Major Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari appeared at a press conference, where, according to a translation from The Associated Press, he insisted that the U.S. remains the “Great Satan” in the eyes of Iran. He also said that American hostility toward Iran “has not lessened,” but rather “has been increased” since the deal was signed.

    Jafari’s Revolutionary Guard is one of the most ideological of the elements in Iranian politics, and therefore among the most skeptical about the nuclear deal. Just as American politicians are debating the merits of the agreement, Iran has its own skeptics who say that the deal concedes too much to the U.S.

    But so far, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stood firm by the agreement, a stance that limits public criticism of the deal by other members of the regime.

    According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, Jafari says that war between Iran and the U.S. has been prevented not by nuclear negotiations, but by Iran’s “defensive and revolutionary morale” and its “wise and brave leadership.”

    The head of Iran’s Council of Experts, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, echoed Jafari’s remarks Tuesday, saying that Iran still “considers the U.S. its No. 1 enemy.”

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