Iranian military chief says US is sole enemy, getting weaker
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Iranian military chief says US is sole enemy, getting weaker

Revolutionary Guards navy chief derides America, neglects to castigate Israel

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi (YouTube screenshot)
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi (YouTube screenshot)

For once ignoring Israel, a top Iranian military chief told foreign diplomats on Wednesday that America is Iran’s sole enemy, and that it is getting weaker.

Ali Fadavi, naval commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said in Tehran, according to the Fars news agency: “We don’t see any enemy but the Americans,” as underlined by “the (hostile) official remarks of the US officials and the trend of their actions.”

The US, Fadavi added, is uniquely ready to trample other countries’ interests to serve its own, but is less powerful than in the past, Fars reported. “The world nations can confidently resist against the US bullying and what is against their interests,” he said.

Fadavi’s remarks castigating the US followed similar comments by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 10 days ago, except that Khamenei, while calling the United States the Middle East’s main enemy, cited the “Zionist regime” as a close second.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with a delegation of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Tehran on Sunday, May 1, 2016. (Khamenei's Twitter page)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with a delegation of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Tehran on Sunday, May 1, 2016. (Khamenei’s Twitter page)

In comments carried by Iranian websites, some of which were then posted to Khamenei’s Twitter page, the Iranian leader unleashed a series of anti-US and anti-Israel remarks.

Khamenei, said Iran’s Mehr News agency, “reaffirmed that with this perspective in regional issues, Iran sees the United States as main enemy with the Zionist regime standing behind it. He pointed to extensive, unprecedented sanctions of US and its followers against the Islamic establishment in recent years and dubbed the objective of them as discouraging Iran from continuing its path; ‘but they failed to achieve their goals and will fail in future as well.'”

The ongoing unrest in the Middle East, Khamenei alleged, is a continuance of the “war” waged on Iran by US-led Western governments since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 “and the Palestine issue is the key issue,” Khamenei tweeted.

The Iranian leader said Iran was backing embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad “because those standing against Syria are in fact enemies to core of Islam and serve the interests of the US and Zionist regime.”

The US and Iran are in the process of implementing an historic nuclear deal signed last year between Tehran and the US-led P5+1 world powers which would see Iran curb its atomic ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.

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