Khamenei: West Did Not Offer Any Concessions at P5+1

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At a meeting of the Assembly of Experts yesterday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that at the latest negotiations in Almaty, Kazakstan between Iran and P5+1, “the West did not do anything important for it to be interpreted as a concession but rather they confessed to some of the rights of the nation of Iran.” It had been reported by most Western media that the West offered to lift some sanctions if Iran would scale back certain nuclear activities.

Khamenei added that “to measure the honesty of the West at the latest meeting with Iran, we must wait until the next session.” This statement implies that perhaps points of progress or significance were discussed.

Regarding enrichment of uranium at 20%, Khamenei said that “the enemies of the nation of Iran, because of their lack of understanding of Iran and their miscalculations, had recommended odd and strange paths on this issue, that had we gone down these paths the chances of reaching uranium at 20% would be zero.”

Khamenei also accused President Barrack Obama of trying to provoke world public opinion by asking “the heads of Turkey and Brazil to mediate in order for Iran to accept a middle (compromise) solution.” He said that he told political leaders “that there is nothing wrong with pursuing these paths for a solution but that the Americans will never accept it, and that’s what happened.”

On sanctions, Khamenei said that “the excuse of sanctions appears to be about the nuclear program but it is actually a long term plan that the West has been pursuing.” He continued “that the hope of the West was that by putting pressure on the people, they would stand up to the system (government) but what they saw the anniversary of the revolution rallies was against their wants and desires.”

In response to Iran’s economic woes and the effects of sanctions Khamanei said that “some of the problems are related to the sanctions…and some are related to the management of the economy but the important point is that the problems can be fixed.” To what extent the sanctions have caused Iran’s economic problems has been a source of controversy inside Iran with different political figures offering varying analysis.

Khamenei began his speech by stressing the importance of having “long term views” in relation to the “hardships and ups and downs.”

In Other News

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei called on the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) states to take action on nuclear disarmament.

At a session in New York he said that Iran “has always announced that nuclear disarmament is one of its most important priorities yet we have always stressed the importance that members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have complete rights to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.”

Khazaei stated that “future changes of NPT must be in the direction of strengthening the commitment of member states to nuclear disarmament and be accepted without double standards or discrimination.” He continued that “in our (Iran) view, reinterpretations of the obligations and rights under the principles of the treaty have been counterproductive and any review of NPT must be done efficiently and with complete transparency.”

The last NPT Review Conference was held in May of 2010. The Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the NPT was held from April 30 to May 11 of 2012 in Vienna.

Iran is a member of NPT. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has previously said that if Iran is attacked there is a “possibility” they would leave NPT.

Revolutionary Guards won’t interfere in election, but are not indifferent

Hojjat al-Islam Ali Saeidi, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards, has told the news agency for the Revolutionary Guards in Kerman that “the Revolutionary Guards will not interfere at all in the [June 2012 presidential] election, but they will not be indifferent with respect to who will become president; we will explain the criteria and standards for the Basiji and Guards.”

Saeidi added, “The Revolutionary Guards were and are an institution dependent on the regime. The Revolutionary Guards obey the Supreme Leader and try not to diverge from the orders of the Leader; though it is not correct that the Revolutionary Guards support a specific person or party.”

“The Revolutionary Guards are not indifferent to the election. The Guards have a basket of votes and must state the criteria and standards. We want a president who is loyal to the Guardian Jurist [i.e., Ayatollah Khamenei] and who executes well the plans of the Leader. We explain the criteria of [revolutionary] values, loyalty to the Guardian Jurist and able management for the Guards and Basijis.”

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