Iran news round up – May 21, 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.

 

  • Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi spoke at the inauguration ceremony of Iran’s first multipurpose gamma radiation system in Bonab, in East Azerbaijan province. Salehi discussed the nuclear talks and said:
    • “If negotiations do not reach a final agreement, nothing will happen…Iran enjoys a high international status; the West has no option but to interact with Iran.”
    • “There is no need for concern [regarding the P5+1 talks, because] the Supreme Leader carefully monitors the framework of the nuclear issue.”
    • Salehi and International and Legal Affairs Deputy to the Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchisaid Iran’s “defense systems” are not negotiable and will not be part of discussions with the P5+1.

 

 

 

 

  • Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, addressed the 20th National IRGC Political Guidance Conference and discussed the “Islamic Awakening”:
    • “The Islamic Revolution changed the distribution of power in the world. The reason for this was that our revolution was the phenomenon of a civilization.”
    • “This Islamic Awakening in the world of Islam will cut the influence and breathing of the West day by day.”
    • “Syria is a competition between the models of divinity and non-divinity…We see in Syrian developments that without a physical presence, rather by transferring models and inspirations, a system can stand against the entire world. It is this divine tradition that has continuously led to the victory of the faithful in combat with the infidels.”

 

  • Judiciary Head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani stated “Those who do not accept the poison atmosphere of the virtual space do not know these environments. Security holes and spy equipment are related with our national security through such internet and telephone communication.”

By AEI Critical Threat

 

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