Iran news round up – May 9, 2014

Tehran interim Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami addresses worshippers in Tehran on March 28, 2014.

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by the AEI Critical Threats Project’s Iran research team.
  • Interim Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami addressed a gathering in Fordow about the culture of resistance in combating the “excessive pressure placed on [Iran] by America and its allies.” Khatami also discussed nuclear talks and said:
    • “The negotiations will continue based on the framework specified by the Supreme Leader.”
    • “We explicitly say the negotiations will not be warm; [Western countries] are looking for excuses. They know we do not possess nuclear weapons, so they immediately pose the ballistic missiles as an issue.”
    • “Our missiles are pointed to the sensitive centers of the occupying Zionist regime and if they take a wrong step, Tel Aviv will be razed.”
  • Head of the Basij Organization Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi spoke at a gathering of Basij members on the anniversary of Operation Ala Beitol Moghaddas [Towards Jerusalem] during the Iran-Iraq War. He said that on the anniversary of the prideful operation that military exercises and cultural events will be held and said:
    • “The enemy has tried with all his effort to stop the movement within these borders from the time of the Revolution until now, and sanctions in the field of culture imposed against the nation and the system are more than economic and scientific sanctions.”
    • “The Arrogant have attempted since the beginning of the victory of the Revolution to suppress the system by using  people in provinces like Kurdistan and they planned divisions in society and to turn the war against Iran.”
    • A large military exercise, “Towards Jerusalem,” began in Kurdistan. The exercise involves 15,000 Basij forces and takes place in ten cities throughout Kurdistan province.

By AEI Critical Threat

 

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