Iranâ€™s Foreign Minister Ali Akabr Salehi stressed a desire to â€śdeepen bilateral ties,â€ť and said Iran â€śdiscreetlyâ€ť gave humanitarian aid to the rebels in Libya prior to Col. Gaddafiâ€™s fall.
Many throughout the world have been speculating as to what direction Libya will take post-Gaddafi. Will the â€śnewâ€ť Libya be dedicated to jihad or to democracy and human rights? With Tehran officially reaching out to the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council, fears of the rebels focusing on jihad become even greater.
Iran leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed once again that Iran does not need nuclear weapons and that the regime opposes the acquisition of such capabilities.
The President said that nuclear weapons are not worthwhile, as they did not save the former Soviet Union from collapse.
But with the Soviet Union, the principle of Mutually Assured Destruction was a deterrent. When it comes to the Islamic Republic, its radical ideology, and calls for â€śa world without America,â€ť M.A.D. is only an inducement.
A recent poll by the Arab-American Institute shows that the Iran government has lostÂ Arab support.
In 2006 and 2008, Arab public opinion favored Iranâ€™s nuclear program and viewed Tehran Iran as an â€śactive defiance to the West.â€ťÂ However, today amidst the so-called â€śArab Spring,â€ť the Middle East is no longer looking for Americaâ€™s greatest opponent, but rather focusing on internal issues. Furthermore, the Iranian regime has been accused of interfering in several Arab countries.
Iranâ€™s leaders, who crushed peaceful protests in the aftermath of the 2009 presidential elections, expressed their support for the Arab protests currently sweeping the region.
News from Iran: the Iranian regime has plans to deploy warships to the Atlantic Ocean to increase its presence in international waters. In a statement published Tuesday, RearAdmiral Habibollah Sayari said â€śPresence in the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal, south of the Indian Ocean and in international waters is on the top agenda of the Navy.â€ť
These ships will be equipped with Noor cruise missiles, which have a range of 125 miles (200 kilometers).
Let’s hope this is not what is happening:
In February, the Iranian navy moved warships to the Mediterranean Sea, a move which Israel called â€śpolitical provocation.â€ť
Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani hasÂ stated his support of talks with the United States.
Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic relations since 1979.
Rafsanjani, who is a bitter opponent of current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Ahmadinejad had already “broken the taboo of negotiations with the United States” by “sending letters to American officials (Bush and Obama) that remain unanswered.”
The former President added that he had attempted to initiate dialogue with the U.S. during his time in office but his efforts were vetoed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Public policy groups haveÂ plans to testify today on Hezbollahâ€™s Latin American expansions before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence. Congress will be reviewing its defense options in face of this growing threat of terrorism.
In recent statements on the subject to a Senate committee, Air Force GeneralÂ Douglas Fraser said Iran and Hezbollah are utilizing friendly relations with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Iran is expanding the number of its Latin American embassies, and teaching Islam to residents in the area.
In a speech Tuesday, IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) commander Gen.Mohammad Ali Jafari divulged that his military branch is overseeing Iranâ€™s domestic politics, and is heavily involved in the countryâ€™s economy and energy sector.
Jafari said U.S. claims that Iran could have a nuclear bomb in the next few years are nonsense. “Whenever they become disappointed or fail to achieve their goals, they resort to political accusations or assassination,” he said.
He also accused the U.S. of causing the uprisings in Syria.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) hasÂ reportedly transferred new weapons to its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan in an attempt to speed up the U.S. withdrawals from these countries.
Defense officials have said that weapons smuggled into Iraq by the Iranian regime haveÂ already resulted in the deaths of American troops. In June, 15 servicemen were killed in Iraq. The U.S. attributed all the attacks to militias trained by the IRGC.
Iranian officials have denied the role of the IRGC in arming militants in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have claimed the U.S. concocted these stories to justify maintaining an American military presence in the region.