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February 17, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed deep skepticism Monday about the next round of nuclear negotiations with world powers, even as Tehran's delegation headed to Vienna for the potentially decisive talks. The nuclear session will “lead nowhere,” Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state here, declared in remarks carried in official media. The supreme leader nonetheless signaled his support for the initiative, the foreign policy centerpiece of President Hassan Rouhani, who took office last August.
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February 17, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed deep skepticism Monday about the next round of nuclear negotiations with world powers, even as Tehran's delegation headed to Vienna for the potentially decisive talks. The nuclear session will “lead nowhere,” Khamenei, who has the final say on all matters of state here, declared in remarks carried in official media. The supreme leader nonetheless signaled his support for the initiative, the foreign policy centerpiece of President Hassan Rouhani, who took office last August.
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May 30, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a public endorsement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday as he looked to resolve a months-long rift among the country's conservative power elites. "While there are weaknesses and problems … the composition of the executive branch is good and appropriate, and the government is working. The government and parliament must help each other," Khamenei said in an address to members of parliament shown later on state television.
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December 27, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- The chief foreign policy advisor to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for direct talks with the United States on nuclear issues, a possible sign from the supreme leader that he is amenable to ending the animosity that has defined relations with Washington for 34 years. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been the target of fierce criticism by political and religious hard-liners since he helped broker a deal with the United States and five other Western powers last month that will put Iranian high-level enrichment of uranium on hold for at least six months.
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August 3, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- Hassan Rouhani became the seventh president of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Saturday, officially receiving the endorsement of the nation's supreme leader at a formal ceremony here in the capital. Rouhani, 64, a cleric considered a moderate pragmatist, replaced outgoing two-term President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was barred from seeking a third term by law. Rouhani was elected in June in a surprise landslide victory. Rouhani's formal inauguration and swearing-in are scheduled for Sunday, but Saturday marked the new president's ascension to office.
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March 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Conservative and reformist legislators scuffled in Iran's parliament Sunday after a reformist lawmaker called on a panel of clerics to examine the performance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "Was the performance of the supreme leader and bodies under his control compatible with honesty, prudence and fairness in the recent sham legislative elections?" reformist Ali Akbar Mousavi Khoeini asked, setting off a bout of pushing and shouting.
WORLD
September 12, 2009 | Borzou daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Iran's top spiritual and political authority urged opposition leaders to act within the rules of the Islamic Republic or face harsh scrutiny, and said his nation would withstand international pressure over its nuclear program. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also laid the groundwork for the possible arrest of key opposition leaders if they call for street protests or continue to allege massive vote-rigging in the June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "The system will not take action against anyone as long as they perform within the framework of the system, do not resort to violence, do not disturb the calm in society and do not carry out unlawful actions such as spreading lies and rumors," he said during Friday prayers before a crowd of Islamic Republic luminaries and supporters at Tehran University.
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June 25, 2009 | Ramin Mostaghim
Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday that he would neither reconsider vote results nor bow to public pressure over the disputed reelection of his ally, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as state-controlled broadcast outlets intensified a media blitz against the West.
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October 30, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Iran's supreme leader wrapped up an unprecedented 10-day visit to the Iranian seminary city of Qom on Friday that was widely seen as an attempt to bolster support among those in a clerical establishment either indifferent or hostile to his conservative agenda. FOR THE RECORD: Iran clergy: An article in the Oct. 30 Section A about Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and reform-minded clergy said an influential cleric, Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, died 40 years ago. He died last year.
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November 20, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - As Iran and world powers sat down Wednesday for a fresh round of nuclear talks in Geneva, Iran's supreme leader warned that the Islamic Republic would not back down on its resolve to pursue nuclear energy. “We do insist that we will not step back one iota from our rights,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said at a nationally televised speech to members of the Basij force, an ultra-loyal paramilitary organization. “The Iranian nation will not surrender under pressure from anyone,” declared Khamenei, who vowed that Iranians would “slap the aggressors in the face in a way they will not forget.” Khamenei also expressed support for Iran's negotiating team in Geneva and the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, who has sought an easing of long-strained relations with the West since assuming office in August.
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November 26, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - The website known as Rajanews was less than thrilled with the interim nuclear accord worked out last weekend between envoys of Iran and six global powers. "Only simple-minded people regard the deal as the beginning of the end of an unnecessary crisis," an editorial writer at the politically conservative site declared. "Rather, it is the beginning of a new chapter of crisis. " Moderates here generally lauded the landmark deal, and their enthusiasm seems to be shared on the streets of the Iranian capital, where many beleaguered residents have expressed hope that the era of international sanctions that have battered their nation's economy is coming to an end. "I already heard that Boeing company sold spare parts to Iran," said one merchant here, his expectations clearly outpacing the deliberate and limited scope of sanctions relief afforded in the short-term nuclear agreement.
WORLD
November 20, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - As Iran and world powers sat down Wednesday for a fresh round of nuclear talks in Geneva, Iran's supreme leader warned that the Islamic Republic would not back down on its resolve to pursue nuclear energy. “We do insist that we will not step back one iota from our rights,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said at a nationally televised speech to members of the Basij force, an ultra-loyal paramilitary organization. “The Iranian nation will not surrender under pressure from anyone,” declared Khamenei, who vowed that Iranians would “slap the aggressors in the face in a way they will not forget.” Khamenei also expressed support for Iran's negotiating team in Geneva and the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, who has sought an easing of long-strained relations with the West since assuming office in August.
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September 27, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Breaking a silence of more than three decades between the leaders of the United States and Iran, President Obama on Friday called President Hassan Rouhani to express confidence that the two can find a "comprehensive solution" to their nuclear standoff and begin restoring the nations' damaged relationship. Hoping to boost a new round of talks, Obama called Rouhani as the Iranian was driving to the airport after a week at the United Nations. Leaders of the two nations had not spoken since Iran's 1979 revolution, when militants took 52 Americans hostage and held them for 444 days.
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August 3, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN -- Hassan Rouhani became the seventh president of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Saturday, officially receiving the endorsement of the nation's supreme leader at a formal ceremony here in the capital. Rouhani, 64, a cleric considered a moderate pragmatist, replaced outgoing two-term President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was barred from seeking a third term by law. Rouhani was elected in June in a surprise landslide victory. Rouhani's formal inauguration and swearing-in are scheduled for Sunday, but Saturday marked the new president's ascension to office.
WORLD
August 3, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - Hassan Rouhani became the seventh president of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Saturday, officially receiving the endorsement of the nation's supreme leader at a formal ceremony here in the capital. Rouhani, 64, a cleric considered a moderate pragmatist, replaced outgoing two-term President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was barred from seeking a third term. Rouhani was elected in June in a surprise landslide victory. Rouhani's formal inauguration and swearing-in was scheduled for Sunday, but Saturday marked the new president's ascension to office.
OPINION
June 18, 2013 | By Hussein Banai
By electing Hassan Rowhani, the moderate candidate, to be its next president, the Iranian people have in effect reached a provisional compromise with the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the ultraconservative establishment. At first glance, Rowhani's landslide victory might seem baffling. Why should an otherwise subordinate and overly cautious candidate, who was once Iran's lead nuclear negotiator, generate so much enthusiasm and support among a beleaguered public?
WORLD
December 27, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- The chief foreign policy advisor to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for direct talks with the United States on nuclear issues, a possible sign from the supreme leader that he is amenable to ending the animosity that has defined relations with Washington for 34 years. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been the target of fierce criticism by political and religious hard-liners since he helped broker a deal with the United States and five other Western powers last month that will put Iranian high-level enrichment of uranium on hold for at least six months.
WORLD
May 29, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, endorsed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday as Khamenei looked to resolve a months-long rift among the country's conservative power elite. "While there are weaknesses and problems ... the composition of the executive branch is good and appropriate, and the government is working. The government and parliament must help each other," Ayatollah Khamenei said in an address to parliament members, later shown on state television. The pronouncement by the country's most powerful figure has followed a period of turbulence between him and his onetime political favorite.
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June 16, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The surprising election of Hassan Rowhani, a moderate cleric, as Iran's president has prompted a wave of speculation about a crucial question: Will Iran's new leadership be more willing to compromise on its nuclear program? No one knows for sure, but some Iranians express hope that Rowhani has both the credentials and the personal relationships necessary to make headway on the issue, which has wreaked havoc with Iran's international relations and led to sanctions that have all but crippled the nation's economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
For decades, Iranian expatriates in Los Angeles have complained that their government back home is too conservative, too restrictive of its people and too combative with the rest of the world. Now, a centrist promising more freedoms at home and more dialogue with the West has been elected president. Some Iranians in Tehran are dancing in the streets. But here in Los Angeles, home to the largest community of Persians outside Iran, the reaction has been muted. Most of the thousands of Iranians here fled after a revolution that ushered in a rigid Islamic theocracy.
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