Iran’s Supreme Leader said in a meeting today that he is worried about the cultural direction of the country and once again warned President Hassan Rouhani’s administration to take a more assertive position on cultural issues. 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
At a speech this morning in Iran’s religious city of Qom, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that one of the blessings of the latest nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany was that from the latest statements of US officials in the last few weeks, US enmity toward Iran became clear for everyone to see.
“The latest negotiations,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, “showed America’s enmity and also their inability.” Continue reading
After Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s personal website published a poster of a court case that ruled the 2009 protests “unforgivable,” many Iranians took to Twitter to criticize the poster and express their own feelings about the contested 2009 protests that brought millions to the streets and saw dozens killed.
At a meeting of the High Council of Cultural Revolution, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei very publicly rejected President Hassan Rouhani’s proposed cultural policies. The president recently promised the administration would interfere in cultural affairs at a “minimum level” and pass on more responsibility to those individuals active in the field.
Khamenei, however, at a meeting in which the president was seated immediately to his left, rebuked Rouhani’s position and reminded him that the administration and the government should not ignore its supervisory duties in the cultural field. He said, “Entrusting cultural issues to the people does not negate the regulatory role and guidance of the administration.”
In a speech today in front of 50,000 Basij, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed a wide range of issues, including Israel’s position in the region and with European countries, the policy of the United States — which he called the “leader of the arrogance” — and the nuclear negotiations
Based on an early transcript from Fars News, on the nuclear negotiations, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “On the one hand, I insist that the current officials in the negotiations be supported. They need help, and I, too, help them. On the other hand, I insist that they do not retreat one step from the nuclear rights of the nation — the red lines must be observed.” The supreme leader has the final say in the nuclear program; however, he has not publicly stated what the red lines are. In previous statements he has also publicly supported the nuclear negotiators and warned others to support them as well, despite saying he was not optimistic about them. Continue reading
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has a final say about Iran’s nuclear program, stated his explicit support for Iran’s nuclear negotiating team during a speech in honor of National Day of Resistance Against Global Arrogance. He also warned that the US concern with Iran’s nuclear program is an excuse, and the hostilities between the two countries would continue even if the nuclear negotiations reach an agreement.
“They are children of the revolution and officials of the Islamic Republic,” Ayatollah Khamenei said of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is leading the negotiations with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and his negotiation team. Continue reading
In a speech to a crowd of university students today, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei discussed the protests of the 2009 elections, his fears about what those protests could have led to and questioned why those who claimed that fraud was committed have not yet apologized.