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
The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that he was not hopeful about working with the United States in the nuclear negotiations, but given the economic pressure on Iranians and the sensitivity of the negotiations, he would remain silent.
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
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
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
The 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran has been riddled with controversy, including numerous incidences of censorship during the live broadcasts and backlash against two films dealing with the sensitive topics of Ashura and the 2009 elections. Continue reading
Iranians marked the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution today. Officials stressed the country’s independence and nuclear rights, hard-liners chanted against the United States and Reformist websites and social media reported that group of Reformist activists were arrested and later released during the rallies. Continue reading
In a recent interview, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi said that the nuclear negotiations in Geneva do not mean the normalization of US-Iran ties, and that many other differences still remain between the two countries.
Araghchi told the Iranian Students’ News Agency that the nuclear agreement between Iran and the United Nations Security Council was not “a friendship pact.” The interview took place the day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a speech critical of the United States, saying that the Americans would pursue regime change “if they could.” Continue reading
After Sunni insurgent group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) took credit for kidnapping five Iranian border guards, Iranians on Twitter began an online campaign for their release with the hashtag #FreeIranianSoldiers.
Jaish ul-Adl, which operates between the border of Iran and Pakistan, took credit for the kidnapping by tweeting pictures of the soldiers on their account. There is another Twitter account affiliated with the group that has not tweeted since Aug. 25, 2013. Their previous blog on Blogspot, where they have announced previous attacks, is no longer available. However, it appears they have started a new blog where they posted more pictures of the soldiers. Continue reading