Iran news round up – June 20, 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.
  • IRGC Quds Force Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, addressing the 30thmemorial of IRGC Nasr 5th Division Combat Engineering Unit Commander Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Sabilian, praised the spirit of martyrs, said that the regional conflicts of the last 15 years were aimed at conquering Iran, and blasted Iranian nationalists:
    • “The wars of Afghanistan and Iraq, the events of Palestine and Lebanon, and the present situations of Syria and Iraq have been aimed at acquiring Islamic Iran and reducing the power of its religious influence among the hearts of the people of the world.”
    • “America knew that the Baathist party and Saddam were its best servants. It was unable to conquer Iran from close [distance] and failed in spending 3,000 billion dollars in its wars.”
    • “Some nationalists who constantly boast about the country claim that we have so many problems in Iran today that we will not achieve anything else!”
    • “Whoever wants to escape war and responsibility in our country has become a nationalist.”

 

  • Supreme Military Advisor to the Supreme Leader’s Representative in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Maj. Gen. Yadollah Javani, in an interview with IRGC-affiliated media outlet Tasnim News Agency, discussed the crisis in Iraq and claimed that “Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is a construct of Western, European, and regional countries with a specific goal to create crises in countries like Syria and Iraq”:
    • “The most fundamental goal of takfiri currents and ISIL is confronting the movement of Islamic awakening and democracy in the region. ISIL took its first step in Syria and confronted a state whose most prominent characteristic was confronting America, Israel and supporting Palestine. It is creating a crisis in Iraq after failing to execute the goals of itself and its supporters.”
    • “The statements of ISIL leaders to reach Iran and destroy the heavenly court of [eighth Shi’a] Imam Reza [in Mashhad] is a dream that they will take to the grave.”
    • “Just as the Supreme Leader has stated, the main enemies of this nation and revolution are the Americans and the Zionists. These groups are deceived by the dominant system. They will receive a crushing response the day they lay their hands on the Islamic Republic.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Permanent Representative of Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] Reza Najafi stated that the latest IAEA report, scheduled to be released today, “will demonstrate that Iran has implemented its commitments based on the Geneva Accord.”

 

 

 

  • Tehran Interim Friday Prayer Leader Hojjat al-Eslam Kazem Sedighi warned “I announce with certainty that [the United Arab] Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey will not be safe from this fire and this conspiracy will engulf them. They will fall in the hole that they have dug for us.”

 

By AEI Critical Threats

 

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