Hojjat al-Islam Ali Saeidi, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards in an interview with the Iranian Students’ News Agency on Tuesday, 8th January 2013, has stated that it is the “rational and logical engineering of the election” is the duty of the Revolutionary Guards, and has asked Principalists to put their differences aside in the future election.
Saeidi continued, “the Revolutionary Guards only explain the framework and criteria, which is not interference in the election, but the rational and logical engineering of the election it is our essential duty”.
Saeidi also rejected the calls for “national unity” which have been advocated by individuals such as former President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and in contrast to some Principalist politicians such as Ali Motahhari and Habibollah Asgarowladi, and said he regarded former regime insiders turned opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, as “seditionist”.
Following Bashar al-Assad’s most recent speech and planned recommendations for solving the on-going crisis in the war torn country, the Islamic Republic has come out publicly in support of the Syrian president’s plan, and “asked all opposed parties and groups to use the opportunity Bashar al-Assad has prepared without the precondition of the “resignation from power by Assad”.
“Ali Akbar Salehi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of our country regarding the political plan to solve the crisis in Syria that the president of this country has officially announced, said: Iran in line with its principled positions in the direction of solving the Syrian political crisis, supports the innovative action of Mr. Bashar Assad in the offer of a comprehensive plan for the solving the crisis in this country”.
“One of the obvious characteristics of this plan, is the inspiration from the principles and goals of the United Nations charter and the joint centres of all the regional and international plans offered up to now, including the six point plan of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which paid attention to a political and peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis”.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the course of a speech in Qom, criticized individuals “who repeatedly say the election must he free…in which country is the election more free than Iran?”
“They should not cause people to despair of the election…It is obvious that the election must be free. From the outset of the revolution we have had 34 elections. Which one was not free?”
Kookab Mousavi, the elder daughter of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, has told the Green Movement affiliated website, Kaleme, that “in the face of unjust insults to our father and mother we will not be silent…In the present conditions and with the conduct of the government and the suffocation that it has created in society, the reaction of the people is not predictable and we really do not know what repercussions our statement will have in society”.
Bashgah-e khabarnegaran has a report claiming that Mossad and the Iranian political group in exile, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), worked closely in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and that Mossad trained the latter in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Fars News has conducted an interview with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, Mohammad Ghazlan, who has rejected as “baseless” reports in “some foreign media” of a “request by the Muslim Brotherhood for help from the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran, for the development of its power and rule”.