Skip to comments.Nuclear talks in jeopardy: Khamenei orders Rev Guards to mass-produce missiles - regardless
Posted on 05/17/2014 7:51:01 AM PDT by kindred
Iran's Fateh 110 balllistic missile
Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threw a large spanner in the works of nuclear diplomacy Sunday, May 11. Less than a week before the next round of talks with the six powers, he said: The Revolutionary Guards should definitely not be satisfied with the present level [of missile production]. They should mass produce.
Referring to Western concerns that Iran is designing missiles able to carry nuclear warheads, Khamenei said: They [the West] expect us to limit our missile program while they constantly threaten Iran with military action. So this is a stupid, idiotic expectation. Khamenei spoke during a visit to the aeronautics fair organized by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), which are responsible for Irans missile and nuclear programs. In recent weeks, Washington, Tehran, Moscow and the International Atomic Energy in Vienna have pumped out a stream of optimistic reports about the progress made in drafting a comprehensive nuclear accord and Tehrans faithful observance of the interim deal reach last November.
debkafiles sources, however, persisted in pointing out that this progress was possibly only because the six powers, led by the US, refrained from addressing the military dimensions of Irans nuclear program and its planned production of missiles for carrying nuclear warheads. Therefore, the text of the comprehensive accord, drafted in collaboration with the Iranian team under the guidance of President Hassan Rouhani, left the military aspect of the nuclear program untouched.
Of late, mainly under pressure from Israel, Washington informed Tehran that there was no escape from opening a discussion on ways of restricting the weapons dimensions of its nuclear program and its ballistic missile projects. Hence Khameneis furious comeback intended to force the Obama administration to give ground on these demands or prepare for nuclear diplomacy to be blown out of the sky.
In the last DEBKA Weekly, published Friday, May 9, exclusive Iranian sources revealed another reason for the supreme leaders pugnacity. The radical Revolutionary Guards chiefs have made it clear that they will never give up on a nuclear weapon. The closer the negotiations come to a deal, the nearer Tehran approaches a military coup that would oust President Rouhani and reduce the supreme leader to a figurehead. Khamenei read the writing on the wall and, finding himself between a rock and a hard place, decided that he had better stand firm on any further concessions - even this meant sacrificing nuclear diplomacy and its rewards.
A reminder of who is really in charge in Iran.
Did they send Obama a thank you note for the return of those Billions ?
That doesn’t matter, what really matters is getting a signed agreement so El-Presidente can waive it around and declare “Peace in our time”.
Gollee, Gomer. Nobody saw THAT coming...
Well, this is from DEBKA. I’m still waiting for those million Chinese troops headed for Afghanistan to throw the Americans out.
The predicate for the article is fallacious
There are no nuclear talks of substance.
The meetings are merely an opportunity to drink tea and eat pastry
***ARE a joke!
***ALWAYS HAVE BEEN a joke!
***Always WILL BE a joke!
Our Executive branch of govt. is a joke!
Our Congress is a joke!!
ALL of it is horrible black humor.
Yea and all who think know it but most democrats do not think with their minds but rather feel and are deceived by the lying vanities of their hearts and foolishness of their deceived hearts.
Maybe they well a few more unexplained explosions.
You mean except for the fact they have no nuclear missiles at all? Not even one.
They are not known to have a single bomb, and if they did it would have to be carried by a truck as they have nothing that can lift a ton ballistically.
Has Kerry gotten involved yet?
We need his expertise, he’s a Viet Nam you know. You didn’t know ??
He’ll straighten it out. He always does.