ommenting on the appointment of Chuck Heigel as a candidate for the post of the U.S. Defense Secretary, the IRGC commander said U.S. present policy-makers have always been making appealing claims. However, Tehran has never given a value to those claims considering the performance of the U.S. officials.
"Iran will never trust U.S. officials," said the commander.
"This is because, in spite of their individual characteristics, U.S. officials are working within a system which is called Imperialism and helps safeguard interests of the hegemonic powers," he added.
The brigadier general further said that change of individuals would not necessarily mean the change of U.S. strategy and its policies.
The IRGC commander stressed that Iran would have no trust in what the U.S. officials have said or would say unless there would be a practical change in their acts.
He categorically denied some earlier media reports about an alleged visit to Cairo by Commander of the IRGC's Quds Force Major General Ghasem Suleimani.
"We deny that (the visit)," Salami said in a press conference yesterday.
Earlier, a senior aide to Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi also dismissed as "fabricated" the recent media reports about an alleged visit to Cairo by Suleimani.
A report by Ahram Online said Egypt's presidency has denied that Essam El-Haddad, President Mursi's assistant for foreign affairs, recently met Suleimani in Cairo.
The British daily The Times newspaper said on 8 January 2013 that the two met while Suleimani was in Cairo for two days.