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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister: ‘The U.S. is Still the Great Satan’

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Photo: U.S. Department of State.

The recent Geneva agreement between Iran and world powers over the country’s nuclear program will not lead to the normalization of relations between Iran and the United States, the Islamic Republic’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araktzi said Monday, “In our eyes, the U.S. is still the Great Satan and nothing has changed. ”

“No one should think that the Geneva Accord created a friendship,” Israeli daily Ma’ariv quoted him saying. “Hostility between us and the Americans still exists… We still have dozens of controversial issues to address such as the Palestinians, Syrian human rights, oppression, global hegemony, and more.”

Araktzi also responded to remarks made by Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who said recently that Iran has no need for its nuclear facility at Fordow.

“We will not allow anyone to decide what we need and what we don’t. Ms Sherman should be well advised to remember that the United States is but one member of the negotiating team,” Araktzi reportedly said. “We will not allow the United States to dictate the terms of the framework agreement and we will not succumb to [U.S.] pressure.”

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Also commenting Monday on Iran’s nuclear activity was Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organization.

“We have enough highly enriched uranium to reach 20 percent, and we will not give up the right to enrich uranium to 20 percent,” Ma’ariv reported him saying.

In the Geneva agreement, reached last November, Iran agreed to limitations on uranium enrichment and greater access to its nuclear facilities in exchange for limited sanctions relief. Israel and some U.S. leaders criticized the agreement as giving up too much for too little.

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