UN: Iran’s human rights worse under Rouhani than Ahmadinejad

Rouhani, you’ll remember, is a “moderate” according to the international media. He is supposed to represent a departure from Ahmadinejad, Iran’s coming in from the cold. Reality, as always, is different.

“UN Report: Iran’s Human Rights Record Worse Under Rouhani than Ahmadinejad,” by Adelle Nazarian, Breitbart, November 2, 2015 (thanks to Cecilia):

A report released this month on “The Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” reveals that Iranians are worse off under “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani than his more conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that, based on their current trajectory, they are expected to exceed well over 1,000 executions by year’s end.

“The human rights situation in the country remains dire,” Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on Iran, said during a briefing at the United Nations last week.

Iran executes more individuals per capita than any other country in the world. In his 26-page report, Shaheed notes that between January 1 and September 15 of this year, Iran executed at least 694 people by hanging, which included at least 10 women and one juvenile. In 2014, Iran clocked in at a shocking 753 executions.

Shaheed’s analysis also found that “more than 480 persons were flogged during the first 15 days of Ramadan for not fasting,” but that the Iranian regime has falsely maintained that only three individuals were subject to this punishment for their non-observance of the fast. Additionally, two people who were convicted of theft had their limbs amputated mere weeks prior to the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) in July.

A man identified as “Hamid S.” reportedly had his left eye and right ear surgically removed in January of this year after being found guilty of attacking another man with acid in 2005, which caused the victim to lose the same body parts. Another man was also forcibly blinded in March of this year in a process known as qisas, or “retribution-in-kind,” for throwing acid on another man in 2009.

An Iranian exile shouts slogans to protest against executions in Iran during a demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy in Brussels, December 29, 2010. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

The egregious human rights abuses do not stop there. Adhmadinejad had infamously said gays do not exist in Iran several years ago. Shaheed’s recent UN report indicated that Rouhani had rejected the UN’s proposals to improve the situation of LGBTs in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran, and the Ayatollah Khamenei has declared a fatwa that essentially forces gay and lesbian individuals into gender reassignment surgery, and a tremendous amount of pressure comes from families of these individuals who are concerned about their image in society.

Despite perceived social strides forward in the Iranian regime, particularly by way of reformists who seek to implement change internally, the hardliners still maintain control.

Omri Ceren, managing director of press and strategy at the Israel Project, told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday that “[e]very day brings new evidence that, whatever moderates there are in the Iranian political system, they’re not the ones in control… At some point the Obama administration will have to come to grips with who they’re dealing with, and work with Congress to push back strongly.”

While the Iranian regime officially recognizes Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity as minority religions, the report maintains that members of these faiths continue to face severe restrictions in their ability to practice. Adherents of the Baha’i faith remain the most severely persecuted minority religious group in Iran.

Women are also barred from attending sporting events such as volleyball matches, a concern the JPost describes as a “gender apartheid” system. The UN report notes that “Iran ranked 135 of the 142 countries assessed by the World Economic Forum for women’s political empowerment in 2014.”

According to i24News, Iran has consistently barred Shaheed from visiting the country and “while Iranian officials have met with him, they have strongly disputed his criticisms and have frequently denounced his reporting as politically motivated and lacking credibility.”


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Khamenei’s Conditions Gut Nuclear Deal

Contrary to the international media’s announcement that Iran’s Supreme Leader had finally approved the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world’s powers, Ali Khamenei has outlined nine conditions to his acceptance that basically change the entire agreement.

The conditions were detailed in a letter written by Kahmenei to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and translated to English and published by the official Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting authority.

An analysis of the letter provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute  (MEMRI) shows, “The set of conditions laid out by Khamenei creates a situation in which not only does the Iranian side refrain from approving the [agreement], but, with nearly every point, creates a separate obstacle, such that executing the agreement is not possible.”

MEMRI also notes that “in his introduction to the new conditions, Khamenei attacks the U.S. and President Obama with great hostility, and calls for Obama to be prosecuted by international judiciary institutions.”

The conditions involve a number of stall tactics regarding Iran’s fulfillment of its obligations according to the agreement. For example, Khamenei is now demanding the timeframe for dismantling certain functions at its Arak reactor be changed until all sanctions are lifted.

In addition, instead of shipping out enriched uranium and receiving in exchange raw uranium as stipulated by the deal, Iran is now demanding receipt of low-level enriched uranium in its place.

With regards to sanctions, the agreement calls for the sanctions to be merely lifted (meaning, there is the possibility of snap back in the face of Iranian violations). Khamenei is demanding all sanctions be permanently cancelled. In addition, he says no new sanctions may be imposed on the Islamic Republic (even if Iran engages in terrorism or human rights violations). If new sanctions are imposed, Iran would consider the agreement null and void.

Khamenei’s announcement of the nine conditions follows the Islamic Republic’s audacious testing of a new, long-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile, a weapon whose sole purpose is to deliver a nuclear weapon. Yet, according to the agreement, “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.”

Judging from the reaction to this violation of the United States — who instructed its U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to “prepare a report” for the Security Council – the United States has chosen to ignore this blatant violation. Europe, who already sees its coffers being filled from sanctions relief, had a similar yawn about the missile test.

Clearly, America and the rest of the P5+1 world powers who were tasked to make an agreement with Iran — with little regard to the circumstances — have decided to ignore Khamenei’s machinations and, judging from the lack of international reaction to them, act as if they are nonexistent.

It is a sad commentary for the West that they have chosen to back down instead of confronting one of the world’s worst state sponsors of terrorism and violators of human rights. History will show for us – and our children – what the consequences of such an enormous capitulation will be.

Meira Svirsky is the editor of


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After receiving lengthy prison sentences for their writings, two Iranian poets are to receive 99 lashes each for shaking hands with members of the opposite sex.

The poets, Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Musavi, both published writings that were approved by Ministry of Islamic Guidance and were thus legal. That did not prevent the Iranian justice system from extracting confessions from the two reportedly under duress and convicting them for “insulting the sacred” and sentencing Ekhtesai and Musavi to 11 and a half and nine years in prison, respectively.

The lashing decree came after Ekhtesari shook hands with male participants at a poetry event in Sweden. Shaking hands with a member of the opposite sex who is not an immediate family member is a crime in Iran defined as an “illegitimate sexual relationship short of adultery.”

The news comes amid the announcement that executions in Iran – which include executions of minors – are at an all-time high over the last 30 years. Whereas in 2014, Iran put to death 700 people, to date in 2015, 800 people have been executed with the year expecting to pass with more than 1,000 executions.

“This is an historic high comparable to the early 90s when there were large-scale killing sprees going on in the country, so that is a very worrying concern for me,” said Ahmed Shaheed,  the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

Shaheed also mentioned with particular concern, juvenile offenders, two of whom were executed this month and several more who are imprisoned and waiting execution.

At the same time, Shaheed expressed “marginal optimism” about Iran’s willingness to talk about the issue. Having been in the post since 2011, Shaheed said, “I’m witnessing a greater desire on part of the government of Iran to engage with me and the UN system.”

Human-rights organizations monitoring Iran point to either a ruse created by Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, the “moderate” face of Iran, or the fact that Rouhani lacks the power to make changes in the mindset of those really in charge of the Islamic Republic.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, an organization based in New York, said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is directing state agencies to work “as one to impose a security state in which dissenting views of any type are considered national security threats and prosecuted as such.”

For those in the West who had hoped that the nuclear deal between Iran and the world’s powers would provide an impetus for change in Iran, the statistics speak for themselves.

“Iran has ranked among the world’s worst jailers of the press every year since 2009,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said, ranking just behind China.

“Hardliners aren’t just going after political activists, they are determined to stamp out any social or cultural expression with which they disagree,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Other recent cases in Iran that have garnered international attention of late include:

  • Kayvan Karimi, a filmmaker sentenced to six years in prison and 223 lashes on similar charges as Ekhtesai and Musavi.
  • Mostafa Azizi , an imprisoned writer and television producer.
  • Atena Farghadani, a cartoonist, imprisoned for her political satire for 12 and a half years. She is now being charged for shaking hands with her male lawyer.
  • Jason Resaian, a Washington Post reporter, convicted on charges of espionage.
  • Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian woman imprisoned for protesting an Iranian law which forbids women from watching men play volleyball.


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Coming in 2016: The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran!

My fifteenth book, and the third in my Complete Infidel’s Guide series, will be out next year from Regnery Publishing: The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. All I have to do now is write it.

As Barack Obama’s disastrous policies have sapped America’s strength, Russia and China have become increasingly aggressive. North Korea is more bellicose than ever, regularly issuing dire threats. But of all the adversaries of America and rogue states in the world, Iran is the most lethal – and the most mysterious.

Iran: simultaneously the modern exponent of one of the oldest and greatest civilizations on the planet, with a glorious history going back five thousand years – and a closed, paranoid, confrontational regime whose people (and leaders) regularly chant “death to America” and “death to Israel.”

In The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran, I will explain how Iran came to be both of those things, tracing its history, geostrategic importance, religious development, and above all, its modern-day political adventurism: the Iranian Revolution and the transformation of modern Iranian society; Iran’s long and bitter war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq; its funding of jihad terror groups that are warring against Israel, including both Shi’ite Hizballah and Sunni Hamas; and its development of nuclear energy, including the full and appalling story of the Obama/Kerry deal that gives a green light to Iran’s most sinister global aspirations.

I’ll illuminate the Islamic doctrines that form the foundation of Iran’s fanatical hatred of Israel, and funding of its most bloodthirsty enemies; the bold and brazen strategy Shi’ite Iran is implementing to try to vault to a position of leadership of the entire Islamic world, Sunni as well as Shi’ite; and the astonishing apocalyptic fantasies that lead the Iranian mullahs to believe that they can press ahead with an avowedly genocidal nuclear program that could result in a war that would cause the deaths of tens of millions of Iranians.

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran is a solid, accessible, practical guide to understanding what Iran is all about, and arming Americans with practical, sound advice they can use to prod lawmakers to drop their politically correct fantasies and deal with the Iranian threat realistically – before it’s too late.

A few of the topics I’ll explore in The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran:

  • The shocking details of the Obama nuclear deal with Iran
  • How the Iran nuclear deal spells disaster not just for Israel, but for the free world in general
  • The Ayatollah Khamenei’s fatwa condemning use of nuclear weapons: why Obama shouldn’t have counted on it as much as he did
  • Iran’s role in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing
  • The 1953 coup and why its repercussions are still being felt today
  • The Iranian hostage crisis and how it set the stage for today’s conflicts
  • How the Iran/Iraq War of the 1980s set the stage for the contemporary situation in the Middle East
  • The 1992 attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires: Iran’s role – and the lethal coverup
  • How Shi’ite eschatology fuels Iran’s bellicosity toward Israel
  • Why the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction doesn’t work against the Iranian mullahs
  • Iran’s horrifying vision for the end of the world – and how it is working actively to bring it about
  • And much more

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Iran rejects Obama’s Nuclear Pact: Writes own ‘deal’ to Disarm Israel

Peace in our time.

“Iran Rejects Obama’s Iran Nuke Pact, Writes Own ‘Deal’ To Disarm Israel,” by Jordan Schachtel, Breitbart, October 13, 2015:

The Iranian parliament has rejected the formal, legal text of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, negotiated in July by the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and the Tehran regime.

Instead, the majilis approved their own version of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), creating a situation where the Iranian government simply hasn’t signed on to the accord that Obama and Democratic Senators obligated the United States to uphold.

Western media incorrectly reported that the majilis approved the actual text of the JCPOA, according to experts.

New York Post columnist Amir Taheri has explained in a series of social media posts that Iran’s version of the deal calls for the cancellation of sanctions against the regime in Tehran.

He also noted that Iran’s version of the nuke deal calls for the dismantling of Israel’s nuclear weapons program, citing Iranian parliamentarian Kazem Jalali.

The Middle East Media Research Center (MEMRI), a regional watchdog organization, has confirmed that Iran did not pass the deal agreed upon in July. They instead voted to pass the  amended version by a vote of 161-59.

Iranian lawmakers tried to unilaterally amend the deal to strip the United States’ ability to “snapback” sanctions should the Tehran regime cheat the agreement. They also replaced the language to ensure that the deal will “cancel” sanctions forever, instead of “suspending” them, MEMRI reported.

The Middle East monitoring group added that the decision to amend the deal unilaterally came at the behest of Iran’s dictator, Ali Khamenei, who on September 3 promised not to honor the agreement with Obama.

Moreover, the American Enterprise Institute’s Iran Tracker site noted that Iran considered its unilateral amendments to the deal as four “minor changes.”…

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Iran Threatens War in Gulf of Mexico — Suicide Attacks against U.S. ships

“I declare now that if the enemy wants to spark a war against Iran, we will chase them even to the Gulf of Mexico and we will (certainly) do it. They have tested us once and if necessary, there are people who will blow up themselves with ammunitions to destroy the US warships.”

Good thing Obama signed that nuke deal: imagine how belligerent the Iranians would be if he hadn’t bought peace in our time.

“Deputy Commander Says IRGC Will Chase US Troops Even to Gulf of Mexico In Case of Attack,” Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency, October 12, 2015:

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy General Alireza Tangsiri warned the enemies against any aggressive move, and said the IRGC forces will chase the US troops even to the Gulf of Mexico if they ever make a mistake and take a hostile move against Iran.

“I declare now that if the enemy wants to spark a war against Iran, we will chase them even to the Gulf of Mexico and we will (certainly) do it,” Tangsiri told FNA on Monday.

He downplayed enemies’ war rhetoric against Iran, and said, “They have tested us once and if necessary, there are people who will blow up themselves with ammunitions to destroy the US warships.”

Tangsiri referred to the IRGC’s detention of four US military men and two Kuwaitis in the Persian Gulf almost 13 years ago sailing on two boats equipped with different state-of-the-art weapons who intended to cross Arvand river in Southern Iran, and said, “The footage and their equipment (seized by Iran) still exist but we didn’t publicize it for security reasons.”

He said when the American forces found out that the IRGC forces were approaching them, they surrendered without any resistance, adding that they were under detention for four days.

Tangsiri also referred to the IRGC’s hi-tech weapons and equipment, and said they include vessels, missiles, rocket-launchers and some more new weapons.

He underlined the necessity for arming the entire Iranian coasts with the state-of-the-art weapons, and said, “We have dug tunnels all the along the Southern parts of the country and there are so many of these tunnels that the enemy cannot imagine.”

Tangsiri pointed to the home-made torpedo vessel, ‘Zolfaqar’, unveiled in an exhibition in Tehran on October 3, and said that Zolfaqar is a submersible vessel.

There is also a semi-submersible vessel which is equipped with torpedos and radar systems.

He also underscored Iran’s missile power, and said the IRGC vessels are equipped with the home-made high-precision air-based cruise missiles, Nasr and Zafar, that can be fired from small vessels.

“The missiles that we have now can hit the targets with a higher precision than their foreign counterparts, including even the Israeli missiles and the (anti-ship cruise) Penguin missiles,” Tangsiri said.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said all US military bases in the Middle-East are within the range of the IRGC’s missiles, but the country still sees no restriction for boosting its missile capabilities.

“Some of the threats by the US are aimed at appeasing the Zionists, while others are for the purpose of domestic consumption (in the US), but what is important is that they are aware of and acknowledge our capabilities and deterrence power; we do not feel any need to increase the range of our missiles and (our perceived enemy) targets are fully within the range of our missiles,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said, addressing a group of professors of Iran’s Science and Technology University in Tehran.

He pointed to the allegations made about imposing restrictions on Iran’s missile technology, and said, “We do not see any restriction for our missiles and the IRGC’s preparedness and missile drills are conducted without a halt and according to our annual time-table, but only some of them are publicized through the media.”

Brigadier General Hajizadeh pointed to Iran’s self-sufficiency in the missile technology, and said, “Today, all surface-to-surface missiles are fully built in Iran (from idea to finished product), different communications and wireless systems are (also) made inside the country and we do not need to buy radar systems from abroad.”

In relevant remarks in late September, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi stressed that the US is aware of its imminent loss and casualties in case it sparks a new war in the Persian Gulf and it, thus, obeys Iran’s orders in the regional waters.

“The US knows that the damages of any war and firing bullets in the Persian Gulf cannot be compared with its benefits at all,” Fadavi told reporters on the sidelines of the annual nationwide parades at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, South of Tehran.

“The US is obedient and passive in the Persian Gulf and we impose our sovereignty right in the Persian Gulf very powerfully,” he added.

Also in May, Fadavi announced that the US forces and warships in the Persian Gulf complied with the orders of the Iranian naval forces deployed in the region.

“We observe confrontations and, as a matter of fact, debates between Iran and the foreign vessels in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz on a daily basis and they always comply,” Fadavi told reporters in Tehran.

Noting that the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and Iran’s territorial waters were at present the most secure geographical waters in the world, he said, “At present different types of foreign military vessels and 40 US warships and logistic ships are present in these regions but certainly, security is established there due to the measures adopted by our forces.”

His comments came after a senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander also announced in May that the IRGC Navy drones and boats were constantly recording movements of the US warships deployed in the Persian Gulf….


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The Five Ways Iran Has Disarmed the West

The deal with Iran does not disarm the regime of its nuclear weapons capacity, but it does go a long way towards disarming the West. There are five ways that the deal handcuffs the U.S. and its allies by undermining their options against Iran in the future.

Disarming the Sanctions Option

The deal’s supporters claim that the international sanctions that collapsed the Iranian economy will immediately “snap back” if the regime violates the deal, so why not give it a try?

To believe that claim, you have to believe that our international partners are willing to hurt themselves in order to hurt Iran a little at our request. These governments and influential companies will be making a fortune off of business with Iran. The regime is already making companies salivate with enticements to invest in its energy sector. Iran is hoping to sign $100 billion in oil and gas deals with Western companies.

Europe is more concerned about its energy dependence upon an increasingly aggressive Russia than Iran. Turkey wants to act as acorridor for Iranian natural gas shipments to Europe, in addition to importing more natural gas for itself.  If Iran must be punished, are we really to believe that Europe would give up that business with the regime, accept higher oil prices and revert to being held hostage by Russia?

And even if the international community were to go along with the “snapback” sanctions, they would likely be fruitless. The Iranian regime believes—and with good reason—that all it needs is to be able to withstand the economic pain until a nuclear weapons arsenal is finished. According to the deal’s supporter, that’s a period of about one year maximum.

In 2005, Iranian President Rouhani (then the regime’s chief nuclear negotiator) gave a speech where he boasted of advancing the nuclear program through deception and by dividing the West’s ranks. He denied seeking nuclear weapons, but pointed to the example of how Pakistan got nuclear weapons. The world shouted as Pakistan built nuclear weapons but once it did, the world accepted it and moved on.

“If one day we are able to complete the [nuclear] fuel cycle, and the world sees that it has no choice … then the situation will be different,” he said.

Disarming the Military Option

Once the interim nuclear deal was signed, Russia announced that the changed situation meant that Iran could finally receive its advanced S-300 air defense system. Four modernized versions of the system are due to arrive in Iran by the end of this year. Military experts warn that once they become operational, they will be “game-changers,” especially for the Israelis. In addition, Russia is expected to provide advanced combat jets.

Within five years or less, the U.N. arms embargo will be lifted. Iran will be allowed to modernize its military by buying combat aircraft, large artillery systems, attack helicopters, warships and missiles.  Iran says it will also continue developing ballistic missile technology.

Iran understands that the question isn’t whether the U.S., Israel and other enemies can bomb its nuclear program. The question is whether the political leadership would consider it a viable option. By increasing the cost of potential military action, Iran decreases the chances of that military action taking place.

Military action may only push the Iranian nuclear program back by a few years. Is that worth the casualties, monetary expense, the possibility of pilots being held captive, Iran’s retaliation or the political risk for the elected Western leaders? Iran wants a negative answer to those questions.

Disarming the Sabotage Option

There is a long list of apparent covert operations against Iran’s nuclear program, with the Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran’s centrifuges being the most famous. The steady pace of apparent sabotaging stopped with the interim deal and now, under this deal, the West must actually help Iran stop future sabotage.

The deal refers to, “Cooperation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.”

Disarming the State/Local Initiative Option

Another effective option against Iran has been divestment measures implemented in 30 states. There are five forms of legislation that have been passed, as pushed by United Against Nuclear Iran: Contracting legislation; divestment legislation/policies; banking legislation; insurance legislation and state authorization legislation.

The deal requires that the federal government must pressure these state and local governments into ending these measures. It states that the U.S. must “take appropriate steps, taking into account all available authorities” to “actively encourage officials at the state or local level” to lift sanctions.

This language would not be in the deal if these measures didn’t hurt Iran. Its inclusion also means that the administration has some kind of game-plan to bend the states’ arms into complying with the deal.

Disarming the Regime Change Option

The deal runs the risk of stabilizing the regime and saving the Iranian Islamic Revolution. To date, the ideology has brought nothing but misery to Iranians. If the deal produces an Iran on steroids, the regime will be allow to do something it never could do before: present its Islamic Revolution as a viable ideology, one that produces strength and prosperity.

As Democratic Senator Bob Menendez pointed out, the regime would never sign a deal that undermines itself.  As I’ve explained previously, the deal will fatten the wallets of the oppressors of the Iranian people far more than the average Iranian. One of the top priorities of the so-called “moderate” President Rouhani has been dramatically increasing the budget of the security services that keep the regime in power.

The Iranian regime’s future has turned bright. Whereas in 2009 its survival was in question, the regime now can look forward to years of growth where its strength increases and its adversaries are increasingly disarmed of their most useful options against it.


Ryan Mauro is’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio. Read more, contact or arrange a speaking engagement.


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Iran’s defense minister reiterated the official Iranian position that, even after the nuclear agreement is enacted, Iran will continue to provide arms, technology and other support to any group fighting the United States.

Speaking on Lebanese television earlier this month (see video below), Minister of Defense Hossein Dehghan said, “I officially declare that under no circumstances will we refrain from providing material and moral support to Hezbollah, or to any group of the resistance to the U.S. and Israel. We say this loud and clear. We have declared this officially and we intend to continue on this path.”

Although Dehghan insisted Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah do not need Iran to supply them with rockets and other arms since they now have the capability to produce weapons themselves, he said Iran would, nevertheless, continue to support them.

Dehghan also confirmed the United States will permanently remain the “Great Satan” to the Iranian regime, explaining, “Ayatollah Khomeini called the U.S. the ‘Great Satan,’ and there is nothing strange about it. This name was given on the principles of the holy Quran, which clearly points to Satanic characteristics, conduct and goals.”

The minister explained the U.S. had earned this title since, from the end of World War II, Washington had “dedicated itself” to a policy of “instigating strife, discord and wars between the world’s nations … solely to serve American interests.”

Dehghan mentioned the U.S. involvement in deposing Mohammad Mosaddegh , the democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953, as well as the Vietnam War and the Korean War.

The Iranian perception of the U.S.’ willingness to compromise on its “red lines” during the nuclear negotiations also appears to have backfired in the eyes of the Islaamic Republic.

“During the (nuclear) negotiations, they kept changing their positions,” Dehghan said. “Their positions were not resolute and therefore, we do not trust their positions. They have no credibility and do not keep their promises.”

Dehghan also charged that the U.S. is currently facing international isolation because of its “unstable positions and its attacks on weak countries.”


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Peace in our time! Note that this article refers to “the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).” What does the I stand for? The article doesn’t say. But the name of the group is actually the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Salami’s threats here have a strong Islamic character: “In a direct threat to both the United States and Israel, Salami promised to ‘cut off enemies’ hands and fingers will then send its dust to the air,’ according to the report.” That is reminiscent of this Qur’an verse: “When your Lord inspired to the angels, ‘I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.’” (Qur’an 8:12)

“Iran Promises to ‘Set Fire’ to U.S. Interests,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, September 3, 2015:

A senior Iranian military official has vowed to “set fire” to all U.S. interests in the region and maintained that the Islamic Republic welcomes war with America, according to regional reports demonstrating that Tehran is still committed to fighting the United States in the wake of a recently inked nuclear accord.

“In threatening remarks,” a top Iranian commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) stated that Iran is prepared to “annihilate” U.S. and Israeli war forces should they “take the slightest military move against Iran,” according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency.

“We monitor their acts day and night and will take every opportunity to set fire to all their economic and political interests if they do a wrong deed,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the IRGC’s lieutenant commander, was quoted as saying in Tehran on Thursday.

In a direct threat to both the United States and Israel, Salami promised to “cut off enemies’ hands and fingers will then send its dust to the air,” according to the report.

These Iranian military officials were responding to multiple claims by U.S. officials that a military option against Tehran still remains on the table, despite the recently inked accord, which aims to constrain the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program.

In May, Salami said that Iran desires a war with the United States.

“We have prepared ourselves for the most dangerous scenarios and this is no big deal and is simple to digest for U.S.; we welcome war with the U.S. as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power,” he said at the time.

The comments came on the say day that the Iranian military unveiled a new missile defense system to track enemy threats.

“The system can detect and trace targets, take decisions for the operation of the missile systems, decide about the type of weapon systems needed, assess and foresee hostile targets, and field commanders can easily take a final decision with the data provided by the command and control system,” according to Fars.

Meanwhile, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Thursday said that Iran is not open to negotiate with the United States on any other issue outside of the nuclear portfolio.

Khamenei “reiterated the complete ban on any negotiation between the Iranian officials and the Americans on other issues, and said there won’t be any other talks with the White House, except for the nuclear issue,” according to Fars.

“The U.S. positions are fully against the stances of the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei was quoted as saying in a wide-ranging speech.

Khamenei also called on the country’s leaders to attack U.S. critics of the deal….


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EDITORS NOTE: Iran understands that religious Islam sanctions this particular tactic of burning alive in Qur’an verse 4:56:

Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses – We will drive them into a Fire. Every time their skins are roasted through We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise.