The Iran Project

Iran news round up – February 9, 2015

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Mehrdad Moarefian and Marie Donovan, with contributors Farzin Farzad, and Diana Timmerman. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

Key takeaway: The Supreme Leader backed the continuation of nuclear negotiations if it leads to an implementable deal, while Esmail Kowsari said a multi-stage deal with the P5+1 is not acceptable.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pointed to Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement: “no deal is better than a bad deal,” and said, “We have the same idea, and believe that the failure to reach an agreement will be better than a deal that is detrimental to the national interests and prepares the ground for humiliation of the great Iranian nation.” Khamenei, moreover, reiterated his support for the nuclear negotiations, stressing any deal must be implementable immediately. Esmail Kowsari, meanwhile, called for the removal of all economic sanctions. The National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Commission member also echoed Khamenei’s dismissal of the idea of a two-stage nuclear deal: “I believe the purpose of the Westerners and members of the P5+1 in proposing an agreement in two political and detailed stages is to play games with Iran’s nuclear issue.” Senior Iranian officials have coalesced around Khamenei’s policy of compartmentalized negotiations with the West. A nuclear agreement that does not seek to tie-in other issues, such as Iran’s missiles, is thus an acceptable deal for Tehran.

Major General Ataollah Salehi wrote an open letter commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The Artesh Commander reassured the nation that Artesh forces “will be more capable than in the past protecting the Islamic Revolution and the independence and territorial integrity of our Salehi’s statement suggests he is vying for some of the leadership and praise that has been bestowed on the IRGC, which functions as the strong arm of the regime.

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By AEI Critical Threat

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