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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Relentless prejudice, paranoia, pretexts west wields against independent IRI

IRI President-elect
Hassan Rohani
Politician, academic, diplomat: Iran’s incoming President Hassan Rohani
Editing, re-reporting by 
Carolyn Bennett

Before winning the presidential election, Dr. Hassan Rohani spoke to the nuclear issue that is continuously raised by Western officials. He said that during his tenure (October 2003-August 2005) as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, his country’s policy ─ under the supervision of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei ─ “was to repel threats and ‘to convert them to opportunities’ in order to disprove Western allegations that Iran is pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program; and to foil Washington’s plots against the Islamic Republic.”

He said that in November 2004 “the Board of Governors [of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA] unanimously confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear energy program. … We proved the peaceful nature of our nuclear energy program.”

However, Rohani said, the United States “wanted to say that Iran is after a [nuclear] bomb (and) we wanted to prove that the U.S. was lying.

Iran was not pursuing a bomb nor is it today or will it be tomorrow ─ because the Leader has said it is a grave sin.

Pretext for relentless hostility

The Iranian Foreign Ministry late last year issued a statement saying, “Unilateral European and U.S. sanctions against Iran are irrational, illegal and inhumane, and are against the Iranian nation.” Speaking for the Foreign Ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast charged that the nuclear issue is being used by the West “as a pretext to apply pressure on Tehran for ‘insisting on its own independence.’ The “sanctions

‘…are adopted under the pretext of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities... but even if our nuclear issue is resolved, these countries will certainly use other excuses to put pressure on us.’


Hassan Rouhani (var. in press reports: “Rohani,” b. November 12, 1948): Iranian politician, lawyer, academic, diplomat; current president-elect of Iran (the Islamic Republic of Iran).

Dr. Rohani has been a member of the Assembly of Experts (1999 - ), member of the Expediency Council (1991- ), member of the Supreme National Security Council (1989- ), and head of the Center for Strategic Research (1992 -). He has been deputy speaker of the 4th and 5th terms of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (1989-2005). In the latter capacity, he headed Iran’s former nuclear negotiating team and was the country’s top negotiator with the EU three (UK, France, and Germany) – on Iran’s nuclear program.

On June 14, Hassan Rohani won Iran’s presidential election with an outright victory. He received 18,613,329 votes: 50.7 percent of the total 36,704,156 ballots cast. The Islamic Republic of Iran’s voter turnout in its 11th presidential election, according to the country’s Interior Ministry, was 72.7 percent. The president-elect’s inauguration occurs in August.

ollowing the election of Dr. Rohani, Conflicts Forum Weekly commented that even before ballots were cast, “it was clear” that whoever won the Islamic Republic of Iran’s election, the “Iranian foreign policy was set to change and to become more open to improved international relations globally ─ though not necessarily centered on an improvement with the West” but more likely Iran’s reinforced turn eastward.

“…The reality of this election as a genuine expression of Iranian political orientation will be accepted as such by most of the world (but in the United States) it is already being held to demonstrate that sanctions have worked their effect on a distressed Iranian people and that the United States may now expect to reap concessions from the newly-elected president without any requirement for western reciprocity.”

This is a misreading of Iranian mood, the opinion concludes; “and if such a view becomes embedded in western thinking, the loss will be “a strategic opportunity … to enter a new relationship with Iran.”
Head of Iran's Expediency Council
Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (l.)
Iranian president elect
Hassan Rohani (r.) 

June 22, 2013
yatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Head of Iran’s Expediency Council, on Saturday told the press that president-elect Hassan Rohani’s “policy of moderation and wisdom and the use of collective wisdom, which is the slogan of Dr Rohani’s administration, can safeguard and strengthen the country’s national solidarity and comprehensive unity, and it can also help solve numerous domestic problems, in particular economic ones; and create constructive interaction with world countries on international issues.”

Turning eastward away from 
Relentless prejudice, paranoia, pretexts, hostility

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this past week that “Moscow welcomes Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani’s willingness to adopt a creative and active approach to settle the Western nuclear standoff with Tehran.”

Two of the veto-wielding powers on the United Nations Security Council, China and Russia, have sustained their support for Iran’s nuclear energy program and their opposition to sanctions against Tehran.

Sources and notes

Hassan Rohani biographical sketch, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Rouhani

“U.S.-engineered sanctions against Iran illegal: Rohani,” Wednesday May 29, 2013 2:7AM GMT, http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/05/29/305985/antiiran-sanctions-illegal-rohani/

“Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment,” published by Conflicts Forum June 22, 2013

“Rohani’s policies to solve Iran problems: Rafsanjani,” June 22, 2103, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/22/310319/rohanis-policies-to-solve-problems/

IMAGE: Head of Iran s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani L - Iranian president elect Hassan Rohani meet June 22 2013

“Iran: new EU sanctions ‘illegal, inhumane’ ─ Foreign ministry official says latest round of unilateral European sanctions against Iran target its general population,” Middle East Online
October 16, 2012, http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=54922

“West bans Iranian channels to monopolize information: Analyst,” June 22, 2013,

“Russia welcomes Iran president-elect's creative nuclear approach,” June 21, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/21/310082/russia-hails-rohanis-nuclear-approach/

“Rohani forms evaluation committees to offer strategies for next admin,” June 22, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/22/310334/rohani-forms-evaluation-committees/

Rohani currently represents Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the Supreme National Security Council and is also a member of the Expediency Council and the Assembly of Experts. He is also the president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research.

“P5+1 to offer new Iran talks after Rohani takes office: Russia,” June 22, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/22/310238/p51-to-offer-new-talks-with-iran/

The U.S., the Israeli regime and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with Washington and the European Union using the unfounded claim as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.

Tehran strongly rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

China and Russia, as two veto-wielding powers at the UN Security Council, have repeatedly expressed their support for Iran’s nuclear energy program, voicing opposition to the sanctions against Tehran.


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