We’ve consistently pointed out holes in the English-language media (and sometimes German as well) when it comes to Iran reporting.
This time we’d like to shed some light on a French publication that’s come to our attention.
- Velayati appears on the original Argentine list of perpetrators of the AMIA attack , in which 85 civilians were killed and hundreds injured. Together with then-President Rafsanjani – under whom he served as foreign minister at the time of the attack – he was mysteriously removed from INTERPOL’s final “red alert” international arrest warrant list.
- According to the book The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir by Sayed Hossein Mousavian, a favorite of this blog, in 2003 Velayati – already Khamanei’s foreign affairs advisor – told him personally that Iran would not accept the IAEA’s Additional Protocol. And so it hasn’t – till this day. The reason? Mousavian claims that Velayati equated it to the 1828 Treaty of Tirkmenchai, “viewed by Iranians today as a betrayal and a black mark in their history.”
We welcome discussions when they occur in an international context and respect the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). We act in perfect legality, under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
These reports are provocations. The United States, France, Britain and some other countries are putting pressure on the Director General of the IAEA so that it launches baseless accusations against Iran. Some reports from Americans were sent to the Director General for him to say that Iran is conducting clandestine activities or hidden. But this is not true!
You know very well how it works. Just as we do not have friendly relations with Western countries, let alone a member of the “five plus one” for it shows us its animosity accusing us of violating international rules. The main motivation of these countries, who are our enemies or, in any case, have no sympathy for us, has nothing to do with the reality of nuclear power. They throw baseless accusations, just to put pressure on us. Believe me, we have a long experience of this kind of behavior.