Brigadier General Qolamhossein Qeib-parvar speaking on Saturday at a local conference commemorating Kazerun martyrs said "There are only two things that would end enmity between us and the US. Either the US president and EU leaders should convert to Islam and imitate the Supreme Leader, or Iran should abandon Islam and the Islamic revolution.”
EU or US leaders would not turn Muslim, he observed, adding "If they are not going to turn Muslim, we are not going to abandon Islam or the revolution either. But I do not know why some people believe that some day we will make peace with the US and start relations with them.”
The US halted relations with Iran shortly after the Islamic revolution. The move came after a number of Iranian activists, mostly students, occupied the US Embassy in Tehran and took the American diplomats in there hostage.
With the 11th Iranian administration as Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with his American counterpart in the course of the one year or so, optimism has been on rise that the two countries will eventually thaw the ice in relations and conduct more active diplomatic moves.
In 2013, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart Barack Obama talked over the telephone while the former was on a visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.