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

Araghchi: Negotiations not about US-Iran normalization

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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

Larijani’s Uranium ‘Surplus’ Comment Denied

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Speaker of Iran’s parliament Ali Larijani’s comments in an Associated Press interview regarding a “surplus” of enriched uranium has been denied by parliament’s public-affairs department.

In the interview, conducted through an interpreter, Larijani, who was in Geneva participating in the Assembly for Inter-Parliamentary Union, was quoted as saying about Iran’s enriched uranium, “We have some surplus — you know, the amount that we don’t need. But over that, we can have some discussions.”

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Rouhani Promises ‘Larger Steps’ Than Phone Call

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After meeting with his cabinet today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke to reporters to answer questions about Iran-US relations, the meetings that took place last week between Iran and P5+1 at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Israeli reaction to Iran’s new foreign policy and the criticism he received for speaking with the American president on the phone.

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Chief of Armed Forces Defends ‘Engineer Elections’ Statements


The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces defended yesterday controversial comments made about the elections by the Supreme Leader’s representative to Sepah, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Hojat Al-Islam Ai Saeedi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative to Sepah, said in January that it was the responsibility of Sepah to “rationally and logically engineer the elections.” Many analysts took these statements to mean that Sepah will directly interfere in Iran’s June presidential elections. Sepah had been accused by the Iranian opposition of playing a part in vote rigging in the 2009 elections that saw the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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