Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, senior military aide to the Supreme

Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, has expressed skepticism over America's

recent diplomatic overtures toward Iran.



Supreme Leader's Aide: Iran 'Cannot Forget U.S. Animosity' (FARS News Agency, Iran)


Is Washington's change in tone toward Iran a result of a realization that it 'cannot challenge Iranian power'? According to this news item from Iran's state-run FARS News Agency, senior military aide to the supreme leader, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, expressed skepticism that Washington has the ' will or seriousness' to settle its issues with Iran, and sais that Iranians could not forget U.S. animosity over recent decades.


September 25, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - FARS News Agency – Original Article (English)

Iran President Rouhani addresses the 68th opening of U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 24.


UNITED NATIONS VIDEO: VIDEO: Iran President Rouhani addresses the 68th Opening of U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 24, 00:28:00.RealVideo

TEHRAN: Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, senior military aide to the supreme leader, expressed pleasure on Wednesday over Washington's softened tone toward Tehran, calling it a result of Iranian power and resistance.


"It seems the Americans have ultimately understood that Iran is a powerful and stable country ... that uses wise and logical methods when confronting its enemies," Safavi told FNA.


Referring to U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks about Iran during his address to the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, Safavi said, "Mr. Obama, as the first U.S. president to announce, 'We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy' stabilizes the rights of Iran."


"The Americans have sensibly chosen a type of flexibility and withdrawal in regard to Iran," Safavi said, adding that "they have reached this conclusion due to the fact that they cannot challenge Iranian power."


In addition, Major General Safavi underlined that Tehran would maintain its stance toward the United States, given that Iranians cannot forget U.S. animosity over recent decades, including its support for the 2009 street unrest [after what most of the world regards as the stolen election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad].


Safavi also criticized Obama for speaking of the possibility of further isolating Iran if it continued down the same path and calling on Tehran to find other ways of dealing with the regional and international issues.



Referring to President Hassan Rouhani's comments at the U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, Safavi said Rouhani wisely elaborated Iran's stance in opposition to the weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, Iran's right to enrich uranium on its territory, and its efforts to establish justice-based peace in the region and around the world.


Safavi, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, expressed skepticism over whether the United States has the will or seriousness to settle issues with Iran.


"If they remove the sanctions step by step and a mutual confidence is created, then there is hope."


He called on Americans to desist with their constant obstinacy toward Iran and to stop listening to the Zionist lobby. He also advised Washington's European allies to drop their sanctions and establish economic, political and cultural ties with Iran, thus achieving a win-win scenario.

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President Rouhani stressed during his address to the 68th Session of the U.N. General Assembly that Iran is prepared for talks with the United States, but “on an equal footing and with mutual respect,” yet he said he has yet to hear a single voice from Washington.


The Iranian president said he had listened to Obama’s words very well.


"I listened carefully to the statement made by President Obama today at the General Assembly. Commensurate with the political will of the leadership in the United States and hoping that they will refrain from following the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups, we can arrive at a framework to manage our differences," President Rouhani said.


“Of course, we expect to hear a consistent voice from Washington," he said. “The dominant voice in recent years has been for a military option.”


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