Category: Nuclear File

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s conditional approval of the Iran nuclear deal

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has conditionally approved the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more conventionally known as the Iran nuclear deal, for implementation. But the conditions he’s place on the implementation of the deal highlight his ambivalence about it, with serious potential long-term ramifications for Iran’s political future. Context The road to…

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After the nuclear agreement, Iran’s supreme leader warns against American penetration

In a speech yesterday Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for an end to Sunni-Shi’a conflict in the Middle East, laying these tensions at the feet of the United States. He also stated his staunch opposition to any move toward the Americans, political, economic, cultural, or otherwise. During a meeting with members of Ahl…

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Khamenei speech suggests possible tension over parts of Iran deal

In his Eid-e Fitr sermon following the signing of the nuclear agreement Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was ambivalent toward the deal, thanking Iran’s negotiating team but expressing pessimism about whether the deal marked a rapprochement with the United States. In his Eid-e Fitr sermon closely following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan…

JCPOA Ministers

Iran after the nuclear crisis

The Iranian nuclear crisis, which has come to define the last 12 years of the tumultuous post-revolution U.S.-Iran relationship is at an end. But this is an end which is also a beginning. The process of engagement which led to negotiations, which in turn led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has enabled…

Does Iran Have its own Tom Cottons

Interview – A primer on Iranian politics: and how they could derail a nuclear deal even after it’s signed

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently conducted a Q&A on the domestic politics of implementing a final nuclear agreement in Iran with The Atlantic: “Kathy Gilsinan: Say the negotiators actually strike a nuclear deal. How does the Iranian system process it domestically? Does parliament have to pass laws to implement it? Can the…

Massoud Jazayeri

General Jazayeri: “Absolutely no permission shall be given to foreigners for any type of access to military centers”

On Sunday 14 June 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri joined a cacophony of voices in Iran denouncing any type of inspections of Iranian military facilities by foreigners as part of a final nuclear agreement. He was quoted by Islamic Students’ News Agency (ISNA) as saying: “The armed…


Velayati comes out against inspections of Iranian military bases and interviews with nuclear personnel

In a series of interviews the Iranian supreme leader’s senior foreign policy adviser Ali-Akbar Velayati reiterated what appears to be a hardened Iranian position on allowing IAEA inspections of Iranian military bases and interviews with nuclear personnel as part of a final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. While Velayati’s position on this issue…


Inspection of military bases and interviewing nuclear personnel: Iran’s “hard” red-lines?

A new potential obstacle faces the successful completion of the P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations: Will the IAEA be allowed to conduct inspections of Iranian non-nuclear facilities, including military bases, and interview nuclear scientific and technical personnel? A number of senior Iranian political and security officials have lashed out at this as an egregious invasion of Iranian…

MIT P5+1-Iran Nuclear Negotiations Event

Event – IranPolitik @ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet chaired a panel on the recent P5+1-Iran framework agreement with the Iranian Studies Group based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on 05 May 2015. Topics of discussion included the provisions of the 02 April 2015 framework agreement, economic sanctions on Iran, and the geo-political dynamics of…

IP - Mogherini & Zarif

Analysis: The Joint Statement by the EU’s Mogherini & Iran’s Zarif

Disclaimer: The following analysis is based on the text of the Joint Statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The latter’s comments to journalists after joint statement press conference, Iran’s press-release, the U.S. fact-sheet, and subsequent speeches by U.S. leaders potentially diverge somewhat on questions like economic sanctions relief….