March 10, 2006 |
Iran's supreme leader vowed Thursday to "resist any pressure and threat" after an international panel stuck with its decision to put the issue of his nation's nuclear program before the U.N. Security Council. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said pressure over the nuclear issue was the latest chapter in the United States' 27-year history of hostility toward the Islamic Republic.
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.
February 18, 2004 |
In a daring protest Tuesday, more than 100 reformist lawmakers accused Iran's supreme leader of allowing freedoms to be trampled and of rigging upcoming parliament elections in favor of Islamic hard-liners. The attack -- in a letter sent to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- raised political dissent to levels unimaginable just a few weeks ago and shattered taboos about public criticism of Iran's political and spiritual authority.
January 15, 2004 |
Iran's supreme leader ordered hard-liners Wednesday to reconsider the disqualifications of more than 3,000 pro-reform candidates from next month's parliamentary elections. The move by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was seen as a victory for reformist lawmakers who have held sit-ins in the parliament building for the last four days. Earlier, Khamenei said he would intervene only after the appeal process had been exhausted.
June 11, 2001 |
President Mohammad Khatami promised to heed his supporters' demands for "freedom and justice" after his landslide reelection victory, as his legions of backers awaited his next move to challenge Iran's ruling hard-line Muslim clerics. There were high expectations that Khatami was planning major shake-ups among his top economic and political advisors. The goal would be a more competent team that is less under the influence of the conservatives.
March 26, 1999 |
There are some events whose significance is knowable only in retrospect. The death last year of Mohammed Jafar Pouyandeh may well have been one of those occurrences: the killing of an obscure translator that could mark a turning point for Iran. Pouyandeh, who was little known outside a small circle of intellectuals and writers, was abducted, strangled and dumped along a railroad track in December.
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.
November 7, 1997 |
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran has given his toughest anti-American speech in years, vehemently condemning rapprochement with the United States in an attempt to halt the growing policy debate on the issue within the new Iranian government. Khamenei, in a speech Wednesday to Iranian students, declared that the nation's "destiny" now depends on resisting recent suggestions that Iran change its long-standing policy toward the United States.
March 18, 1993 |
The office of exiled Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr said an explosion killed 20 people Wednesday at the Tehran home of Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, Khamenei's office reportedly denied the assertion, and another leading Iranian dissident group said no explosion took place at Khamenei's residence. U.S. State Department officials in Washington said that they had checked out the report and found nothing to verify it. They spoke on condition of anonymity.