Diplomacy

Iranians Chant “Death to America” as Nuclear Talks Continue

The ongoing nuclear talks have sparked an outpouring of hatred towards the United States in Iran, The New York Times reported today.

The chants of “Death to America” and the burning of American flags in the streets are as familiar a part of life here as air pollution and traffic jams. With the United States and Iran on the verge of a potentially historic nuclear accord, however, there has been a distinct change in tone: the anti-Americanism is getting even more strident. …

“Those who think that even after a deal we will open our borders and change are very, very wrong,” said Hamidreza Taraghi, a political analyst close to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. For Friday’s Quds Day rallies, the annual protest against the Israeli occupation of Palestine (Quds is the Persian name for Jerusalem), Iran’s Coordination Council of Islamic Propaganda released the preferred slogans on its website on Tuesday.

“Please shout the messages of all the times, which are ‘Death to America,’ ‘Death to Israel,’ ‘Death to global arrogance,’ and ‘Death to international Zionism,’ ” the website read.

On Sunday, a top Iranian general expressed his nation’s enmity towards the United States.

Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan declared that a rapprochement was out of the question, as the enemy is “exploiting nations and putting them in chains,” the semi-official Iranian FARS News Agency reported.

“The US might arrive at some agreements with us within the framework of the Group 5+1 [the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany], but we should never hold a positive view of the enemy,” Pourdastan said.

“Our enmity with them is over principles and rooted in the fact that we are after the truth and nations’ freedom, but they seek to exploit nations and put them in chains,” he added.

Former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, often described as a moderate, later said that a nuclear deal would be a prelude to Israel’s destruction.

Just prior to the March 30 deadline earlier this year, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led a chant of “Death to America” on the streets of Tehran.

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