Rafsanjani blames Ahmadinejad for ruining Saudi relations in 2008

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In a series of statements in public and on his website, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has attacked former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for ruining relations with Saudi Arabia in 2008 and wasting Iran’s natural resources the last eight years through poor policies. Continue reading

Reformist papers, Rouhani officials target Iran TV

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The conflict between the head of Iranian TV and President Hassan Rouhani first surfaced when the two sides clashed in early February over the choice of which journalist would conduct an interview with the president. Tensions escalated yesterday when Hesamodin Ashna, Rouhani’s media adviser and representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Supervisory Council, accused the council of acting against the administration. Continue reading

Justice minister says Iran cannot be compared to Ukraine

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In response to the shock and enthusiasm of the Iranian media to the Ukrainian street protests that forced out President Victor Yanukovych, Iran’s justice minister has tried to distance the upheaval in Ukraine from domestic Iranian politics by urging newspapers to show some restraint in their coverage. Continue reading

Hard-line cleric warns of ‘underground network’ with America

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At today’s Tehran Friday prayers, hard-line cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati warned that officials are trying establish “secret relationships” with the United States. Jannati’s comments came on the heels of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s warning that the nuclear negotiations will not resolve the issues between Iran and the United States. Continue reading

Reformist paper mocks ‘diplomatic literacy’ of Geneva critics

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Riffing off President Hassan Rouhani’s calling some Iranian critics of the interim nuclear agreement “semi-literate,” a Reformist newspaper has published a satirical chart detailing the “diplomatic literacy” of members of parliament who have criticized the nuclear deal. Continue reading

Ayatollah Khamenei: nuclear negotiations won’t resolve US-Iran differences

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has once again expressed that while he is not optimistic about a final deal in the nuclear talks, he is not opposed to them, either. More importantly, he said that contrary to the statements of officials in the current Iranian administration, nuclear negotiations will not resolve the differences between the United States and Iran. Continue reading

Sanctions pressure brought Ahmadinejad’s ministers to tears

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According to an Iranian member of parliament, the pressure of not being able to sell Iranian oil due to economic sanctions brought former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ministers to tears.

Mohammad Nabavian, a conservative parliament member representing Tehran, said of the former president’s difficulties in selling Iranian oil, “Toward the end of Ahmadinejad’s administration, some of the ministers in closed meetings would shed tears and say to members of parliament, ‘You know our situation; why do you speak like this in open sessions?’” Continue reading