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Iran urges US to put warmongers aside

PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:52 pm
Author: Anthea
Khamenei implores Iranians to focus on economy

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the most important issue facing the Islamic republic now is the economy and urged the Iranian officials to focus their efforts on it

Speaking on the 30th anniversary of the passing of the Islamic Revolution’s Founder, Khamenei said that it was possible for Iran to progress despite all the difficulties but warned the Iranian leadership about being deceived by the US administration.

“My advice to the officials is to focus on the main issue of this time,” Khamenei told the crowd, which included the top officials of the country like President Hassan Rouhani and foreign dignitaries. “In the immediate aftermath of the revolution the main issue was establishing the system and then the war with Iraq... today the main issue is the economy.”

“We have economic problems and the officials are doing their best to find solutions, but we do not have dead-end issues; be they political, economic, or social,” said the supreme leader who is also the commander-in-chief, encouraging the leadership to resist and look for solutions for the economy. “The aim of the resistance is to reach a point that becomes preventative, to manifest itself in a way that prevents the enemy from [thinking about] violations against the people of Iran.”

As people chanted ‘Death to America and Israel,’ Khamenei said that Iran military has reached its preventative stage and that is why the enemy is focused on depriving Iran of this military power. “They will never be able to do that,” Khamenei said as he waved his left hand to drive his point home to the audience.

Khamenei warned the leadership about being deceived by the comments from US President Donald Trump. He urged Iran’s leadership not to allow the Americans to come “close” to Iran, because wherever the Americans go, they bring destruction.

In London on Tuesday, outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump jointly vowed for their countries to never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.


Trump said the two countries are “determined to ensure that Iran never develops nuclear weapons” and that Tehran “stops supporting and engaging in terrorism.”

Though she said they had differences on how to achieve that end; May reiterated that the UK remains committed to staying in the nuclear deal: “it is clear that we both want to reach the same goal.”

Khamenei appeared to appeal to people by describing the resistance that Khomeini pioneered in the 1980s before his death on June 3, 1989 and called on people to adhere to the principles that Khomeini outlined in his resistance manifesto. Khomeini who founded the revolution, was a charismatic figure and acted as the unifying force in Iranian politics for the Islamic revolutionaries who came to power.

Khamenei has faced serious challenges to bring all the forces within Iranian politics together. The gap between the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) hardliners and President Hassan Rouhani’s government widened with the growing economic woes the country faces, because of the crippling sanctions imposed by the Trump administration after leaving the 2015 nuclear deal last year.

Khamenei said that the resistance that Imam Khomeini promoted is backed by divine power and people and officials should not fear defying the aggressive, big powers.

“Whenever we surrendered and acted as the other side demanded, we incurred losses... resistance has a price but the price of surrendering is higher than resistance,” Khamenei said to chants of ‘Death to Americans,’ as the camera panned and focused on Rouhani, the head of IRGC, General Qassim Soleimani, and other officials.

Khamenei claimed the US was gripped with social and economic issues and said that 41 million people in the United States are going hungry. The US Department of Agriculture stated rather, that around 41 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they lack money to purchase enough food and rely on food stamps and other government-supplied welfare.

Abas Aslani, a journalist and visiting scholar at the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies, expressed on Twitter that leaders in Iran do not believe Trump's non-regime change stance. However, progress is possible if the United States stays away from Iran.

“Iran's leader: US president says Iran can progress w/current leadership. These words cannot deceive Iranian leaders. Meantime that is true; these leaders can make country progress if they try their best. The country can progress provided that the US doesn't approach [it],” he tweeted.

    #Iran's leader says Iran is not after a conflict with #US. When people started to chant slogan of "neither compromise, nor surrender, but battle against the US", the leader reacted by saying, "pay attention! Now, we don't discuss battle. The issue is resistance."
    — Abas Aslani (@AbasAslani) June 4, 2019
The USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that Trump announced in May would be deployed to the Middle East amid the rising tensions with Iran, has not entered the Persian Gulf, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

“You don’t want to inadvertently escalate something,” US Navy Capt. Putnam Browne, the Nimitz-class carrier’s commanding officer told AP.

Entering the Strait of Hormuz would likely be seen globally as an escalation by the United States. At its narrowest point, it is only 33 kilometers away from IRGC naval units.

US Navy Rear Adm. John F.G. Wade, the commander of the carrier’s strike group, explained his forces are able to “conduct my mission wherever and whenever needed.”

“They do impose a threat to our operations, but also to the safety and security of commerce and trade going through the Strait of Hormuz and that’s why we are here,” Wade claimed of the Iranian forces.

US Navy Capt. William Reed, the commander of the carrier’s air wing, laughed off any notion the situation was stressful.

“It’s just another day at the office.”

Re: Khamenei implores Iranians to focus on economy

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:38 am
Author: Anthea
Iran’s boiling society ready
to explode against regime

Speaking to, the member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran warned Iranian people have been forced to sell their kidneys and other body organs to survive whilst Iran's "dictatorial" regime tries to divert the attention on international conflicts

Mr Abenidi warned the "boiling society" of Iran is ready to explode like a volcano and it is increasingly making Rouhani's regime more "vulnerable at home". He warned: “Inside Iran there is a boiling society like a volcano and the people are absolutely fed up with this dictatorship.

“There have been demonstrations, the Iranian people are suffering.

“Iran is a very rich country sitting on an ocean of oil and being the second biggest gas holder in the world after Russia.

80 percent of the Iranian people are living below the line of poverty

“And 30,000 had to sell their kidneys and their body organs to survive, to make their ends meet.”

Mr Abedini added: “The regime is making all these threats because they feel they’re vulnerable at home.

The representative of the dissident political organisation which considers itself to be the main opposition to the Iranian regime also warned the Iranian regime has been able to use dual nationals hostages as a “bargaining chip” to deal with the West thanks to the "weak" approach of the European Union against the rogue state.

He said: “Whatever the regime says it’s not from a position of strength. If they saw robustness and if they saw a strong action, a unified action, they would retreat from their position. Our experience for many many years is that this regime has faced lots of crisis inside Iran.

“It’s only a hollow threat but it’s, of course, a terrorist regime so the only way to deal with it is not to give it further concessions.

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“They should deal with it as strongly as they say. There are tactical measures that should be taken.

“Especially putting the IRGC down on a terrorist list.

“The EU, unfortunately, has weak and vassal governments with weak policies that are counterproductive.

“It has only affected the regime to a degree to challenge its atrocities.”

On Tuesday, Iranian authorities have detained two British-Australian women and an Australian man after they were arrested in two separate incidents, with the trio currently held in a notorious jail in Tehran.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing assistance to three people detained in Iran.

One of the women works as a university lecturer in Australia, while the other detainee is a blogger who was travelling through Asia with her boyfriend, also an Australian national.

The three detainees are being held in the Nevin prison complex.

The two women are said to be the first non-Iranian British passport holders to be arrested in the country for several years.

The Times reports they were moved to the notorious jail in the Iranian capital on Thursday, after being arrested in separate incidents.

According to the newspaper, the blogger and her boyfriend were arrested around 10 weeks ago and were documenting their travels in the country on social media.

She is being held in a wing reserved for political prisoners. ... W3-WARNING

Re: Khamenei implores Iranians to focus on economy

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:58 am
Author: Anthea
Iran urges US to
put warmongers aside

Iran’s president urged the US on Wednesday to “put warmongers aside” as tensions roil the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers

Hassan Rouhani’s remarks signaled approval of President Donald Trump’s abrupt dismissal of John Bolton as national security adviser, a man routinely pilloried by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of a “B Team” that targeted Iran.

Bolton had for years been critical of Tehran and once promised before an Iranian exile group that they’d be celebrating the overthrow of Iran’s government this year.

Bolton’s departure also comes amid speculation about Trump potentially meeting Rouhani during the upcoming UN General Assembly this month in New York. Whether such a meeting materializes, however, remains in question, though Iranian comments Wednesday seemed to suggest Tehran would be willing to pin hostilities on the departing Bolton rather than Trump himself.

Rouhani spoke after a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, a day that saw all major newspapers in Iran cover Bolton’s departure. The pro-reform Shargh daily newspaper had one large headline that read: “Bolton: A scapegoat for Iran?”

“Americans have to realize that warmongering and warmongers are not to their benefit,” the Iranian president said in televised remarks. “They should not only abandon warmongering but also abandon their maximum pressure policy.”

Rouhani, in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron later Wednesday, repeated his position that if Europe finalizes a way for Iran to sell its oil, Iran would return to the nuclear deal’s commitments. He also reiterated that lifting US sanctions would bring Tehran back to the negotiating table with world powers, but the post to his official website detailing the call with Macron did not elaborate on what might be up for negotiation. Rouhani said as long as sanctions remain, “negotiating with the US makes no sense.”

Ali Rabiei, a government spokesman, said after the meeting that Bolton’s dismissal may help the US have a “less biased” attitude toward Iran.

Though he stressed the dismissal was an internal US issue, Rabiei called Bolton “the symbol of America’s hawkish policies and its animosity toward Iran.”

For his part, Zarif again used Twitter to write about what he calls the #B_Team, which included Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, all hawks on Iran.

Zarif said “the world — minus 3 or 2 panicked cohorts — was breathing a sigh of relief” after Bolton’s ouster. “Thirst for war — maximum pressure — should go with the warmonger-in-chief,” Zarif wrote.

Hard-liners, however, urged caution.

Gen. Mohsen Rezaee, a commander in the powerful Revolutionary Guard and its former chief, said in a tweet: “We will not be deceived by the sacrificing of Bolton.”

Ali Shamkhani, a top Iranian security official and secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, said Bolton’s exit has “no impact” on how Tehran views US policy. He said what matters to Iran is US “compliance with international commitments as well as lifting cruel and illegal sanctions,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported Wednesday.

Bolton was critical of any potential talks between Trump and leaders of Iran and had persuaded Trump to keep US forces in Syria to counter the Iranian influence in the region.

Last year, Trump pulled the US out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal that lifted sanction on Iran in exchange for caps on Iran’s nuclear program. The US administration later also intensified sanctions on Iran, slashing its sales of crude oil abroad and sending the country’s economy into freefall.

In response, Iran has in recent months crept past the limits the nuclear deal imposed on uranium enrichment and its uranium stockpile. And over the weekend, Tehran announced it would use advanced centrifuges prohibited under the deal.

Meanwhile, mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, the downing of a U.S. military surveillance drone by Iran and other incidents across the wider Middle East have exacerbated the crisis in the region as Tehran tries to pressure Europe to find a way to sell crude oil abroad despite US sanctions.

Rouhani has called the use of faster centrifuges Iran’s “third step” away from the nuclear deal. On Wednesday, he said that “if necessary, we will take other steps in future.”

For his part, Bolton was a longtime hard-liner on Iran who favored regime change and took money for speaking engagements from an Iranian exile group reviled by Tehran called the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK. Bolton famously wrote in 2015, before Iran’s nuclear deal was struck, an op-ed in The New York Times headlined: “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”

“The declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran,” Bolton told a cheering crowd of MEK supporters in March 2018. “The behaviors and the objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself. And that’s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!”

Bolton would become Trump’s third national security adviser a month later.

“I don’t back away from any of it. Those are positions I took as a private citizen,” Bolton said when journalists asked him during a visit to Abu Dhabi in May about his prior remarks to the MEK. “Right now I’m a government official. I advise the president. I’m the national security adviser, not the national security decision-maker. It’s up to him (Trump) to make those decisions.”

Trump’s decision Tuesday was to fire Bolton. What happens next remains unclear.