Monthly archives: October, 2012

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Velayati: No guarantee that US will lift pressure if we step back from nuclear threshold

Is the Islamic Republic of Iran willing to negotiate a peaceful settlement to the international political crisis surrounding its controversial nuclear program? A recent interview between Mashregh News and ex-foreign minister Ali-Akbar Velayati reinforced a narrative coming from the regime which states that it is willing to negotiate in good faith but views the United…



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Ahmainejad’s war of words: A shield against becoming a scapegoat for Iran’s problems?

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has carried out an unprecedented public attack against the chief of Iran’s judiciary Sadegh Larijani, brother of parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, with potentially dire consequences for the conflict within Iran’s ruling Principalist faction and the upcoming 2013 presidential election. On Monday 26 Sepember 2012, Ahmadinejad’s press advisor Ali-Akbar Javanfekr was arrested…



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“Qui a peur de l’homme perse? Déconstruction de la psychose autour du nucléaire iranien” by Jet d’encre

Dear IranPolitik readers, We are happy to introduce our readers to the work of two young analysts, Tristan Irschlinger and Victor Santos Rodriguez over at Jet d’encre, who attempt to deconstruct the current international psychosis around the Iranian nuclear crisis. The articles are in French and can be read individually or in succession on their website: Partie…



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Khamenei compares Iran’s current situation to past crises, calls for unity once again

Last week we highlighted some of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s important statements during his stop at Bojnourd on his North Khorasan provincial tour, which, among other things, emphasized the Islamic Republic’s pessimism about whether Western economic sanctions would actually be lifted even if Iran made concessions on its nuclear program. This week we…



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Khamenei: Even if we give nuclear concessions, US sanctions will continue

In a recent visit to Bojnourd, North Khorasan province, Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei gave an important speech in which he highlighted potentially key aspects of the Islamic Republic’s thinking on economic sanctions, the currency crisis, and its domestic factional politics. Economic sanctions will not end with the resolution of the nuclear crisis In his…



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Salehi’s interview, Ahmadinejad’s press conference, and protests in the Tehran bazaar: Could Iran’s crises reach critical mass?

In the last few days, a number of events in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including an interview by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) with the Iranian foreign minister, a press conference by the outgoing Iranian president, and a protest by the Tehran Grand Bazaar, reveal that the situation in the country may be…



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The Mujahedin-e Khalq delisting and its consequences

On Friday 28 September 2012, The US State Department formally revoked the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK): “The Secretary of State has decided, consistent with the law, to revoke the designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality…