Even as Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama beg for an agreement limiting nuclear development by Iran, a senior Iranian military official declared that the United States would always remain its enemy.

Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan of the Iranian Ground Forces was quoted by the Fars News Agency as saying, “The U.S. might arrive at some agreements with us within the framework of the Group 5+1, but we should never hold a positive view over the enemy.”

The term, “Group 5+1” refers to the powers that are allied in seeking to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

Pourdastan went on to say, “Our enmity with them is over the principles and is rooted because we are after the truth and our nation’s freedom.”

It is not the first time Iran’s leadership has indicated that the underlying hatred of America will not be impacted by any agreement. In March, Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Religious leader, appeared before a crowd that was chanting, “Death to America,” by responding, “Death to America, of course… Nobody should believe these lies of the enemy.”

When asked by an Associated Press reporter if the “Death to America” chants were cause for concern, a State Department spokesman said, “It’s certainly not helpful, but is it going to have a major impact on the negotiation teams? No.”

As the negotiations drag on, missing deadline after deadline, most recently a July 9 date, Iran has demanded concessions from the U.S. that strip the proposed deal of any meaningful enforcement mechanism.

The Iranian Parliament recently voted to refuse access to documents, scientists and military sites making compliance review impossible.

The perceived weakness of the American negotiators was noted by Khamenei who was quoted as saying, “America desperately needs these negotiations.”

 

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