August 14, 1989 |
Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that Iran will never hold talks with the United States. Hours earlier, Iran had renewed an offer to help free Western hostages in Lebanon. The official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored here, reported in a commentary late Sunday that Tehran was "ready to use its maximum influence for the release of all hostages" if the United States released Iranian assets worth billions of dollars it froze 10 years ago.
August 4, 2009
The Iranian government has displayed brutality and disdain for its own people in numerous ways since the disputed June 12 election that prompted mass demonstrations. The latest was a show trial this past weekend of at least 100 prominent reformist politicians, journalists and foot soldiers, with some high-profile "confessions" that family members and Iran- observers say were coerced.
June 28, 2005
Re "Iran's Victor Urges Unity in Wake of Vote," June 26: Superficially, the win by hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may sound bad, but it makes dealing with the Iranian government easier. No more of its shenanigans playing the reformist-versus-conservative card. We will see a more evenhanded response, although it's nearly impossible to get a straight answer all the time. Also, there is no such thing as the Iranians now taking a more hard-line approach in nuclear talks. All dealings and concessions in that area come directly from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
December 14, 2009 |
Political turmoil built Sunday over the burning of an image of Iran's revolutionary founder, which was aired, in a controversial move, on state television. Accusations that the incident was carried out by anti-government demonstrators sparked protests as well as threats against reformist leaders. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday said reformist politicians and anti-government demonstrators had defiled the image of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, during National Students Day protests last week.
September 26, 2013 |
If you like happy Hollywood endings, go to the movies. The Obama administration's effort to negotiate a deal on the nuclear issue with Iran's mullahs is going to be a wild and unpredictable ride. And for a lot of reasons, reaching a happy conclusion will be tough. A deal on Iran's nuclear program is partly about shutting down centrifuges, exporting uranium stocks, capping enrichment activities. It will require inspections, safeguards and the dismantling of sanctions. But at its heart, the deal will involve politics.
June 22, 2013 |
We don't know yet whether Hassan Rowhani, the surprise winner of Iran's presidential election, will turn out to be a reformer or just another frontman for the clerical establishment. He won't even be inaugurated until Aug. 4. In his post-election news conference last week, Rowhani said all the right things. Iran needs "moderation," not extremism, he said. It's time to "repair the wound" of Iran's bitter history with the United States. And, he added, Iran is ready and willing to make its nuclear program "more transparent" than it is today.
January 17, 1998 |
In a sermon punctuated by cries of "Death to America!" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei laid down a tough line Friday against any normalizing of ties with the United States, saying such scandalous talk must not be tolerated. But Iran's supreme leader stopped short of criticizing Mohammad Khatami, the country's popular president who last week urged a U.S.-Iranian cultural exchange, professed admiration for American civilization and suggested removing the "wall of mistrust" between the two countries.
April 7, 2009 |
The U.S. government is pursuing a high-stakes gambit to improve relations with Iran, with President Obama delivering a conciliatory speech last month and later dispatching deputies to two international conferences in an attempt to find common ground with Iranians in attendance. Still, many are doubtful that the diplomatic outreach will resolve 30 years of differences between Tehran and Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1989 |
The latest hostage crisis has been taking place at a delicate moment in the political evolution of the Middle East. If not properly handled, the crisis may reverse positive trends of the last few months, thereby prolonging the hostages' anguish and worsening the political atmosphere in the region--particularly regarding Iran. Increasingly in recent months, Iranian politics have become introspective.