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Iranian President Mocks US Elections, Favors Own Brand of Democracy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Sunday mocked both major party presidential candidates in the US elections, criticizing their behavior during their recent debates. “Did you see the debate and the way of their speaking, accusing and mocking each other?” Rouhani asked an audience in the city of Arak, in a speech that was broadcast on national TV. He added contemptuously, “Do we want such a democracy in our country? Do we want such elections in our country?”

Iran’s own presidential election will take place in May 2017, and Rouhani is likely to run for a second term. Any Iranian citizen born in Iran, who believes in God and Islam, who has always been loyal to the Constitution and is above 21 years of age may register as a presidential candidate. The Election Monitoring Agency (EMA), which is managed by the Guardian Council vets registered candidates and decides who may run (36,000 candidates signed up to run in 2009). No women have ever been approved by the EMA. It is doubtful either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would have been approved, even if they had agreed to embrace Islam…

The minimum voting age in Iran is 15.

“You see the United States that claims it has had democracy for more than 200 years,” Rouhani said, encouraging his audience to “look at the country, what the situation is where morality has no place.”

Rouhani said that last September, when he attended the UN General Assembly in New York, he was asked which of the candidates he preferred, and answered, “Should I prefer bad to worse or worse to bad?”

Iranian state TV broadcast two complete debates between Trump and Clinton and has been closely following the campaign, using the candidates’ statements as fodder for anti-US observations. They were particularly unhappy with candidate Trump’s declaration in September, after Iranian naval vessels repeatedly shifted close to American warships in a harassing and unsafe manner, that when “they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people, that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.”

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Rouhani Wins Tehran in Iran’s Election for Assembly of Experts

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his allies won 15 of the 16 seats for Tehran in the Assembly of Experts, the state news agency IRNA reported Monday.

The 16th seat went to Ahmad Jannati, a known hardliner.

The Assembly of Experts is the 88-member clerical body tasked with choosing Iran’s next Supreme Leader – the country’s most powerful position.

Hana Levi Julian

Pots & Kettles: Iran Calling for ‘United Front’ against ‘Extremists’

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

(JNi.media) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called to forge a united front to fight extremists in the Middle East, assuring the world’s nations that Iran is ready to help “bring about democracy” in Syria and Yemen, AFP reported. But he didn’t stop there, with promises of democracy in the most tortured part of the Middle East today, where Iranian forces, along with Hezbollah, the remnants of the Syrian army and now Russian forces. Making his first address to the UN General Assembly since the nuclear deal, Rouhani extended an invitation “to the whole world and especially the countries in my region to form a joint comprehensive plan of action to create a united front against extremism and violence.”

As many recall, in early September, Rouhani’s own “supreme leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced that at least one country in his region, Israel, would not exist in another quarter century. “I’d say (to Israel) that they will not see (the end) of these 25 years,” Khamenei announced. “God willing, there will be no such thing as a Zionist regime in 25 years,” he continued. “Until then, struggling, heroic and jihadi morale will leave no moment of serenity for Zionists.”

While bringing democracy to the area just north of Israel, presumably. Rouhani said the peace-loving nations of the region should approach regional problems through dialogue, to put a stop to the slaughter of innocent civilians, and build democracies in the region.

But Khamenei has said that Iran “needs enmity with the United States” in order to prevent its corrupting influence from weakening the Islamic Revolution. According to analyst DC-based David Daoud, Khamenei is rigidly opposed to any rapprochement with the United States, based on the Ayatollah Khamenei’s belief that combating America’s influence is a primary goal of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Rouhani spoke after Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a “broad coalition” to stamp out the Islamic State, stressing the need to involve the Damascus regime in the war. “The gravest and most important threat to the world today is for terrorist organizations to become terrorist states,” said Rouhani.

According to Daoud, Tehran coordinates and supports its proxies, mainly through the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force (IRGC-QF), led by Qassem Suleimani. The US Treasury Department has designated the IRGC-QF and its commander for activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and support for terrorism, including providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. The Justice Department cited the group as responsible for “sensitive covert operations abroad, including terrorist attacks, assassinations and kidnappings, and is believed to sponsor attacks against Coalition Forces in Iraq.”

Rouhani spoke after President Barack Obama attacked the Russian and Iranian support for Assad. Obama described Assad as a “tyrant … who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children.”

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Iranian President Says Nuclear Deal a ‘Non-Committal Agreement’

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Iran has given U.S. Congressmen the perfect reason to oppose the nuclear deal by saying that the Iranian parliament should not make it a legal obligation for the Islamic Republic.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told a news conference Saturday that the deal is only a political understanding, and he urged parliament not to vote on it so that it does not become a legal obligation.

Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Saturday:

President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Joint Comprehensive of Action (JCPOA) does not need the Majlis (Iranian parliament) approval for its implementation.

‘Under the Iranian Constitution, a treaty has to be submitted for approval or disapproval to the Parliament if it has been signed by the president or a representative of his,’ President Rouhani said, addressing a press conference in Tehran on Saturday.

‘That is not the case about the Iran-Group 5+1 nuclear agreement or the JCPOA,’ the Iranian president added.

Rouhani emphasized that parliamentary approval of the JCPOA would mean that he has to sign it, “an extra legal commitment that the administration has already avoided,” according to IRNA.

The Associated Press added that Rouhani said:

Why should we place an unnecessary legal restriction on the Iranian people?

President Barack Obama needs only four more Democratic senators to back the bill in order to prevent a veto-proof majority if Congress rejects the agreement.

If the agreement is approved, the United States will be obligated to honor it unless it can catch Iran cheating, a process that could involved months or even a year.

On the other side of the ocean, Rouhani has made it clear that the deal has no legal standing in Iran.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israel Fears Hezbollah Will Grab Iranian 300-Mile Ballistic Rocket

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Israeli security sources expressed concern that the new missile revealed by Iran this weekend will come into Hezbollah’s possession, Israel Radio reported.

The sources said the new missile, named Fateh 313, can reach every point in Israel if it gets into the hands of the Lebanese terror organization.

President Hassan Rouhani announced the new Iranian precision-guided missile on Saturday morning, during a ceremony marking the National Daily of Defense Industry. Rouhani uncovered the latest achievement of Iranian experts in devising a precision-guided ballistic missile.

According to IRNA, this makes Iran one of only a handful of countries that possess missiles with a range of 300 miles using compound solid fuel.

The missile is designed and manufactured by Iranian scientists using solely domestic resources. Having passed performance tests successfully, the new missile will be mass produced by Iran’s Defense ministry.

The Israeli security sources added that Iran does not pay attention to any section of the agreement it has signed recently with the world powers. “The agreement is not worth the paper it is signed on,” said one of the sources.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which approved the nuclear deal between Iran and the great powers last month, called on Iran not to pursue the development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Iran claims that none of its missiles were designed for this purpose. The same UN decision also contains a weapons embargo against Iran for the coming eight years, but Iran said it would not comply with this part of the resolution.

During the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah fired between 3,970 and 4,228 rockets at Israel, at a rate of more than 100 a day, unprecedented since the Iran-Iraq war.

About 95% of these were 122 mm Katyusha artillery rockets, carrying warheads of up to 66 lbs and had a range of up to 19 miles. An estimated 23% of these rockets hit residential areas across northern Israel.

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Assad Ecstatic over Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fell over himself praising the agreement with Iran, which he called a “glorious victory.”

He wrote Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

I am happy that the Islamic Republic of Iran has achieved a great victory by reaching an agreement. In the name of the Syrian people, I congratulate you and the people of Iran on this historic achievement.

The agreement will lift sanctions and pour tens of billions of dollars into the Iranian treasury, which has invested billions in weapons and Hezbollah’s presence in Syria to save Assad’s neck.

Assad added, “We are confident the Islamic Republic will continue to back and with more vigor the just causes of all people,” he said.

Syria opposition leader Ahmed Ramadan told The Wall Street Journal:

Iran’s hands are dripping with the blood of Syrians. It will have to do a lot to wash this away.”

New money for Iran is not going to wash anything away, but it will make Syria, whatever is left of it, even redder

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Iran’s Rouhani Says He’s ‘Happy 27 Months Brought Success’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his people today (Tuesday, July 14) that “a new chapter” has begun in Tehran’s relations with the world after the signing of a nuclear deal with the U.S.-led world powers this morning in Vienna.

“Sanctions didn’t have any effect [on Iran],” he said, while “at the same time had affected people’s lives.”

Rouhani added that he is “happy that 27 months of negotiations have brought success.”

He said he is sure the agreement will help protect Iran’s nuclear achievements. “This month Ramadan has brought us good news – a good agreement. Today we are in an important point of the development of our country, which crowns a 12-year history of negotiations with world powers on Iranian nuclear program.”

In a follow-up tweet on his official Twitter page, Rouhani said, “Today is a new chapter to work towards growth & development of our dear #Iran, a day for our youth to dream again for a brighter future.”

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) acknowledges Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear development consistent with any other signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

“This agreement goes both ways,” Rouhani tweeted. “The successful implements of #IranDeal can dismantle the wall of mistrust brick by brick. #RouhaniLive

With all the optimism expressed, however, there remain enough areas of disagreement that the two sides agreed to extend talks between Iran and the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the next three months as well.

“We did not expect #IranDeal to come easily,” Rouhani tweeted. “Extensive negotiations in light of mutual respect & win-win mentality were absolutely crucial.”

After a weekend of Iranians chanting “Death to America, Death to Israel” while burning the flags of both countries, however, one hesitates to believe a smiling tweet about “win-win mentality” and “mutual respect.”

Hana Levi Julian

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