Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday, in an address marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan that his country will continue to oppose "arrogant" US policies, despite the completion of the long-sought nuclear deal with six world powers.
He added that Tehran will remain opposed to US policy in the Middle East.
"Whether the [nuclear] deal is approved or disapproved, we will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon. Even after this deal our policy towards the arrogant US will not change," he said.
Khamenei also said Iranian politicians should examine the agreement with the world powers to ensure the country’s national interests are met.
"Our expectation is that those involved will very carefully keep the issues of the country and national issues in mind. And what they present to the people they should also be able to present to God with their head held high."
The deal agreed on Tuesday between Iran and six world powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - is aimed at monitoring Iran's most sensitive nuclear work for over 12 years in exchange for immediate relief for the country from the economic sanctions which have long crippled its economy.
"The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Khamenei said at Tehran's Mosala mosque. "They know it's not true. We had a fatwa [religious ruling], declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden under Islamic law. It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks."
"We have repeatedly said we don't negotiate with the U.S. on regional or international affairs; not even on bilateral issues. There are some exceptions like the nuclear programme that we negotiated with Americans to serve our interests," he said.
"US policies in the region are diametrically opposed with Iran's policies."