Deputy Chief of Revolutionary Guards says Nuclear Weapons Red Line of Islamic Republic

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Sepah News, an official outlet of the Revolutionary Guards, reports the comments of Hossein Salami, Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, stating “our nuclear energy is peaceful and entry into the domain of nuclear weapons is the red line of the defence doctrine and beliefs of the Islamic Republic”.

When asked about the sanctions against Iran Salami added, “the greater the pressure, the [more] spirit of resistance and steadfastness will increase. Our nation sees this occurrence as a form of battle and at this stage the nation of Iran has taken the decision to obey and take inspiration from the Supreme Leader. Iran is entirely capable of crossing this circle besieging it”.

The Reformist daily, Etemaad reports on President Ahmadinejad’s Wednesday evening meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at which both leaders recommended the formation of a group including Egypt, Iran, and Turkey for solving the crisis in Syria. The “visible disagreement of Saudia Arabia with the inclusion of the Islamic Republic in the present contact group” is also noted. Saudi Arabia did not attend the first multilateral meeting of the contact group’s Foreign Ministers. According to diplomats Saudi Arabia did not participate in the meeting because of the presence of Iranian representatives, “Saudi Arabia’s rival for influence in the region”.

The article goes on, “this is when Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia publicly support the opposition. On the other side Iran is considered a close ally of Bashar Assad in Syria and in this way a complex process has been created for ending urban war in Syria…On the other hand, Tehran has suggested to Morsi that other countries like Iraq and Venezuela be added to the recommended contact group so that its balance toward the issue of Syria be preserved”.

The Syrian ambassador to Syria, Hamed Hasan told the Iranian news agency ISNA that “the government of Syria will support any plan which helps to solve peacefully the crisis in this country…The place of Iran in solving the region’s crises is special and Iran has always been in pursuit of establishing security and stability in the region…The main reason for the crisis in Syria is this country’s place as an eternal figure of resistance and disagreement with America’s domination in the region…the nation of Syria was bound to its independent decision making and pursued the freedom of the region from the hands of arrogance…The experience of the Islamic Revolution was a great experience for us and the popular mobilization in the Islamic Republic was a successful experience and for the nations of the region was beneficial”.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Iranians living in Kuwait has said that “even Iran needs reform”, Aftab News, close to former President Rafsanjani, reports. “We also are in need of reform, but we pursue them with rational and humane methods”.  He added, “surely these changes are not peculiar to a specific region and the whole world is in a state of movement towards the true Spring”.

Ahmadinejad was in Kuwait to speak at the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, where he also met with the Emir of the Gulf sheikhdom.

Mehr News alleges that the U.S. has a plan to establish a “new structure” in Saudi Arabia after the death of King Abdullah, and install Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the new king of Saudi Arabia. On the basis of reports in the Arabic language media, Mehr News also refers to Prince Bandar’s extensive links with Washington and Tel Aviv and claims that he is also approved by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.  The report continues, saying that Prince Bandar is “impatiently awaiting the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to obtain power in this oil rich country”.

Mehr News paraphrasing Arabic news reports also mnetions that Prince Bandar has been using his new position as Director General of the Saudi Intelligence Agency, to which he was appointed in July 2012, after the death of his predecessor Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, to consolidate his position and has dismissed a number of other Saudi Princes in the process.