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Iran Openly Refuses UN IAEA Inspectors Access to Military Sites

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Iranian security adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei explained in a broadcast interview last week that United Nations nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency would not be given access to Tehran’s sensitive military nuclear sites.

Ali Akbar Velayati made the statement in a broadcast interview with Aljazeera on July 31, 2015 (clip# 5026) that was monitored and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“First, allow me to emphasize that the issue of the missiles and of Iran’s defensive capabilities were not part of the negotiations to begin with,” Velayati said.

“No matter what pressure is exerted, Iran never has negotiated and never will negotiate with others – America, Europe, or any other country – about the nature and quality of missiles it should manufacture or possess, or about the defensive military equipment that it needs. This is out of the question.

“We in Iran will independently determine what military equipment we need in order to defend our land, the regime of the Islamic Republic, the Iranian people, and the interest of our country.

“Therefore, we will not hesitate to obtain these weapons, with the exception of nuclear weapons or WMD, such as chemical weapons, which are internationally prohibited.

“Therefore, the missile issue is not a part of the nuclear agreement with the P5+1.

“Any different statement about this is baseless.

Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden. The entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector, to the sensitive military sites of the Islamic Republic is forbidden, no matter what,” Velayati stated firmly. (italics added)

The interviewer asked: “That’s final?”

“Yes,” Velayati replied. “Final.”

He went on to say, “Israel does not dare to attack Iran. The moment it initiates such a thing, important Israeli cities will be razed to the ground.

“The U.S. accuses us of supporting terrorism and terrorists in the region. We ask the Americans: ‘Who are those terrorists?’ Their answer boils down to Hezbollah.

“Is Lebanese Hezbollah a terrorist party? We are proud of Hezbollah. It defends its existence and the existence of the Muslims, the Arabs and the Lebanese. Hezbollah was the first to deal Israel a real defeat.

“We are proud to be supporting Hezbollah, while America deems this support to constitute support of terrorism.

“First of all, we should sit down and define what terrorism is and who is a terrorist. We believe that if you defend your land you are not a terrorist.

“We are committed to the Vienna agreement,” he reiterated.

“How do you view the recent Security Council resolution?” asked the interviewer.

“We are not necessarily required to accept everything decided by the Security Council,” replied Velayati. “Let me give you an example that is important to us and to you.

“The Security Council might make resolutions in favor of Israel. We would not accept or recognize these resolutions. This is what the Arab and Islamic countries would do. They would not recognize these resolutions.

“There were quite a few UN Security Council resolutions which ran counter to the interests of some countries that did not recognize them.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not succumb to any international resolution that contradicts our strategic interests and our sovereignty.

“However, with regard to the Vienna agreement, if it wins the support of the legal authorities in Iran, Iran will be completely committed to it.”

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Is Scoring on Bibi, Somebody Change the Game Plan

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Seyed Sharif Hosseini, member of the Majlis (Iran’s parliament) Presiding Board, told IRNA on Monday that “no talks have been or will be held without confirmation of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.”

This is one of those announcements that immediately makes you wonder, why was it necessary to make it? Would this influential politician be saying this had it been obvious that President Hassan Rouhani is a loyal servant of the supreme leader? Probably not.

When Rouhani returned home to Tehran Saturday, from a week in New York City, Iranians from across the political spectrum welcomed him with cheers, big smiles and big, waving flags, congratulating his historic phone conversation with Obama.

Some in the crowd threw eggs at him and shouted “Death to America! Death to Israel,” accusing Rouhani of too much conciliation with the infidels.

But the man who decides who is infidel and who fidels just fine in Iran, Supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, sent his closest foreign policy adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, to greet the returning president.

Almanar News argued that the presence of Velayati in the welcoming crowd “gave weight to Rouhani’s insistence that he had the highest authority to pursue his diplomatic initiative at the UN general assembly,” which culminated in the groundbreaking 15-minute phone conversation with Obama on Friday.

But the Establishment must assert itself above President Rouhani, before he becomes too big for his own breeches. This newly elected president must be the most popular man in the media this week, and it’s hard to believe that the ayatollahs are looking forward to his growing even bigger on their watch.

So they’re looking to co-opt Rouhani’s win, own it, if you will. Hence MP Hosseini’s spiel about the supreme leader’s approval. But, having done that, it must be a huge joy for the Iranians to watch their man scoring. As Hosseini put it: “The Zionist regime is severely concerned and angry with the positive and influential measures taken by the Iranian delegation in New York.”

That is absolutely true. And Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also scored huge points when he ridiculed Israel for having been warning for 20 years now that Iran is six months away from making a nuclear bomb. Both Rouhani and Zarif looked “with it,” as if none of the past’s dark stuff could stick to their robes or, in Zarif’s case, nicely tailored suit.

Also: Tehran Times wrote today that Israel’s claim to have captured an Iranian spy is yet another cheap attempt to sabotage the rapprochement between the U.S. and Islamic republic.

At this point, pushing the same game plan that yielded results last year, with the ACME style cartoon of red lines and nukes would only earn Prime Minister Netanyahu scorn in the international arena. President Obama wants to thaw the U.S. relations with Iran, and he will find effective ways of getting there. It is most likely that Netanyahu will emerge from his meeting later today with the president without his lunch money. He will probably do his best to sound tough and dangerous, while, essentially, giving his approval to Obama’s diplomatic ambitions.

Frankly, this would be the perfect time to put former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman in charge. Liberman was able over the past four years to bring the former Soviet republics closer to the Israeli sphere of influence. He should be able to get us closer to Russia as well.

Israel needs to buy a few things from Russia – cannons, Katyusha launchers, whatever it takes to cement a relationship Moscow understands. Likewise with China–they make nice things, too. America’s ability to impose its will on Israel must be mitigated by the latter’s show of independence. We need more than one super power to keep the world safe, and Israel needs more than one client relationship, play hard to get, if you will, to protect itself from the utter madness that passes for foreign policy in Washington.

Incidentally, on those spying allegations – that was so 1970s. And the pictures that dangerous spy took, my goodness: a chair, an empty terminal, Hayarkon Street. Treason I tells you, treason…

We’re losing this round badly, people. Let’s call for a time out and go for a heavier quarterback…

Yori Yanover

Ayatollah’s Advisor: ‘Iran-Egypt Unity will Form Core of a Great Islamic Power’

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Mehr news agency reports that Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, has said that Iran and Egypt are the major countries of the Muslim world, so their unity will form the core of a great Islamic power in today’s world.

Velayati made the remarks during a meeting with a number of Egyptian media and cultural intellectuals in Tehran on Tuesday.

He also said that certain figures, whose interests are in division among Muslims, are opposed to the establishment of relations between Tehran and Cairo.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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