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Iran News Round Up

  • Larijani: “Iran’s current nuclear status is an achievement that is the direct result of the Supreme Leader’s prudence.”
    • Larijani praises new IAEA flexibility toward Tehran’s violations.
    • “Even if the UN threatens Iran with issuance of more sanctions, the country will not stop its uranium enrichment.”—Larijani.
  • Iraqi President Talabani to visit Tehran, call for U.S.-Iran talks at higher level.
    • Official Friday sermon again blames U.S. for complicity in Samarra bombing:
      • “The occupiers and cheated agents should realize that resorting to such wretched acts has led to widespread hatred of the Islamic world against them.”
      • On Salman Rushdie: “The old, and decrepit British colonialism that claims to be the standard bearer of the human rights is now awarding a wretched bankrupt fellow that has insulted the sanctities of 1.5 billion Muslims… Is that the meaning of the human rights and the Western civilization of yours…? The old and feeble British government had better realize now that it is no longer an empire, but an ear-ringed slave of the Americans.”
      • “Bush should also know that the Iranian nation has all options on the table to confront the United States, and one of these options is slapping the US hard in the mouth.”
    • Larijani accuses the Americans of supplying the Taliban
    • …and accuses U.S. of lying about Iranian interference in Iraq.
    • IAEA head ElBaradei, overstepping mandate, calls for U.S.-Iran normalization.
  • Ahmadinejad to U.S. ally Azerbaijan: Iranian power is in “the interest of all peoples in the region.”
  • Moscow says it sees no Iranian missile threat.
    • Video of Iran missile launch during war games (go to 0:38; also 3:38).
  • Picture of the Day: Amid start of rationing, gasoline black-market in Iran.

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.

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