Hossein Shariatmadari, Kayhan‘s editor personally chosen by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reminded President-elect Hassan Rouhani in an unusually softly worded editorial about the return of Reformists to the administration.
The head of the Majles’ National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, has told Tasnim News that “in the event of negotiations not yielding results, the West will be the real loser.”
Boroujerdi stressed: “The Islamic Republic of Iran doesn’t have a problem with the negotiations with the P5+1 yielding results and has always acted in accordance with its commitments in its peaceful nuclear activities.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran in its negotiations with the agency [International Atomic Energy Agency] also has on numerous occasions proven its peaceful nuclear activities and the Agency with repeated inspections and research has reached this conclusion [the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities]. But again the interference of America and its Western allies confronts the Iranian nuclear file with a challenge.”
“The process of peaceful nuclear activity, not only in these last nine months but during the last 10 years have made notable progress and we have attained noteworthy results in nuclear technology.”
“Our expectations from the Western side are that it be prepared to come to the negotiating table with a rational approach, in the framework of its own commitments and without manoeuvring for the benefit of hegemonic countries, and not have a further expectationthan the actual rights of Iran.”
Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of the hardline Keyhan newspaper and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representative to the Keyhan Institute, on Wednesday called former President Mohammad Khatami a “traitor” and “betrayer of his country” because of his meeting with the Hungarian-American business magnate George Soros and questioning the result of the 2009 presidential election.