The Corner

Iran News Round Up

  • Considering Islamic Republic-U.S. talks:
    • Ahmadinejad: “Enemies incapable of waging new war.”
      • Ahmadinejad: “The bullying and expansionist powers should respect the nations’ rights, refrain from continuing their plots in the Persian Gulf region and leave the region.”
      • Iran threatens “severe retaliation” in response to any U.S. strike.
      • Bush military advisor [CFR’s Stephen Biddle] admits defeat.
    • Iranian parliamentarian: U.S. illegal actions make it incompetent to host UN.
    • Parliament forbids formation of U.S.-Iran friendship group.
    • Tehran Times (official government paper) on Iran-U.S. talks:
      • “Whether the U.S. likes it or not, Iran is a major regional power with great political and spiritual influence. It is in the United States’ interests to accept Iran’s influence as a reality, though it may be a bitter pill to swallow, and to stop leveling accusations against the Islamic Republic based on prejudices.”
      • “I was heartened to see that the United States and Iran are finally, evidently, going to sit down and talk. I’ve been calling for engagement with Iran for four years,” Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska said.
    • Cooperating or undermining U.S. in Iraq? Official paper headline: U.S. has secret plan to topple Maliki government in Iraq.
  • Paper aligned with Supreme Leader outlines Tehran’s grand strategy: Position itself as the opposite pole against humiliated and evil U.S.
  • Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon on last year’s Israel-Hezbollah war.
  • Iran and Zimbabwe to deepen ties?
  • Iran to re-establish diplomatic ties with Egypt?
    • (But will Iran stop honoring Sadat’s assassin? For background, see second to last section in Ali Alfoneh’s “Iran’s Suicide Brigades”).
  • Tension over uncompleted Russian work on Bushehr nuke plant.
  • “The Messengers of Peace and Friendship” conference opens in Tehran.
  • Iran needs to stockpile 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
  • Iran accuses Britain of being behind 1980 terrorist attack on Iranian embassy in London.
  • Picture of the Day: Supreme Leader speaks in Mashhad.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.