The deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Saturday that despite the Iran nuclear deal sealed last month, the agreement will not bring a rapprochement between the US and the Islamic republic.
The official, Mohammad Ahmadian, was quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency saying "the US hostility towards Iran has no ending and they attempt to strike a blow at the Islamic Iran all the time."
"We shouldn’t imagine that the US has turned into Iran's friend," he added, undermining US President Barack Obama's claims that the deal will lead to a change in national stance by the leading state sponsor of terror.
In announcing the deal, Obama said "it is possible to change" while referencing Iran's threats to "eradicate Israel," and called for a "different path" of "tolerance" from the Islamic regime.
However, following the deal, a top Iranian general has said the agreement makes Iranians "hate the US 100 times more," and the deal was in fact reached the week after millions of Iranians took to the streets the Friday before chanting "death to Israel" and "death to America" while burning flags of both countries in an annual show of hostilities.
Explaining Ahmadian's statements warning of US hostility, a senior Iranian official on Friday accused the US of violating the deal after American officials indicated the military option is still on the table to prevent Iran's march to a nuclear weapon.
Just last Thursday Iran announced the construction of two new nuclear facilities.
While the nuclear power plants might not necessarily be used as new sites enriching uranium as is forbidden by the deal – although they will at the least require enriched uranium in order to operate – Iran has a long history of lying about the military aspects of its nuclear program.
Ascertaining the usage of the new plants will be made all the more difficult by the fact that the deal gives Iran 24 days before any inspection.
The deal likewise has Iran inspecting its own covert nuclear facilities where nuclear detonation testing has been conducted, and forbids international inspectors from visiting the sites.