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Presidential Candidates: Nuclear Policy Decided by Supreme Leader Only (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of IRan)


Does the president of Iran have any influence over that nation's nuclear enrichment program? According to this news item from Iran's state-run Kayhan on the upcoming presidential election, the answer is a resounding 'no.' As the article shamelessly explains, the unelected supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, makes those decisions. What the article fails to tell the reader is that the supreme leader also decides who can and cannot run for high office.


June 5, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

The Decider: Despite Tehran's claims about being a 'democracy', it is the unlected supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, who has the last word on all decisions of consequece, including on the nuclear issue.


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TEHRAN: The eight candidates standing for president this month may differ on a number of issues, but when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, they are united about the country's peaceful drive.


Whoever is elected president to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 14, the Islamic Republic is unlikely to alter the course of its program of uranium enrichment.


It is the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who takes the key decisions in Iran, including on the nuclear issue.


"Without a doubt, the results of the presidential election will have no influence on the nuclear issue," the head of atomic energy Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani has said.


The presidential hopefuls, including the frontrunner, nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, all insist that the nuclear project will proceed.


"Regardless of who is elected president in June, uranium enrichment activities will be pursued without fear of the enemy ... The president must demonstrate this to the supreme leader in a practical manner," Jalili says on his campaign Web site. Jalili has been negotiating on the issue with the world powers since October 2007.


Since 2003, Tehran has been engaged in talks to try and resolve the issue with not only the world powers, but with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Tehran maintains that it is within its rights to pursue a civilian nuclear program for the generating of electricity and for medical purposes.


Ayatollah Khamenei and other senior officials have repeatedly said that making, owning, or using atomic weapons is haram - forbidden under Islam. But such declarations have fallen on deaf ears in the West, which has imposed a series of draconian and illegal sanctions on Iran. None of them, however, have hampered Iranian resolve to go ahead with its peaceful drive, which enjoys overwhelming support throughout the nation.


On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the election is unlikely to alter Tehran's nuclear policy.

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"I do not have high expectations that the election is going to change the fundamental calculus of Iran," he told reporters. "So we will continue to pursue ... every effort to have a peaceful resolution. But Iran needs to understand that the clock is ticking."

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Presidential candidate and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati believes that the controversy can be resolved "without giving up nuclear technology."


"The Supreme Leader said he is committed to retaining nuclear technology, and whoever becomes president should carry out this policy," said Velayati, who advises the supreme leader on global affairs.


Another candidate, Hassan Rowhani, who was chief nuclear negotiator under reformist  former President Muhammad Khatami, asserts that "enrichment is our legitimate right."


Conservative candidate and former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps., Mohsen Rezai, has spoken of changing the way nuclear talks with the West are held.


"We have to neutralize the sanctions. So far, negotiations have led only to their intensification," said Rezai, who also stood for president in 2009.


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Tehran Mayor and former national police chief Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf is also standing, and has expressed views similar to those of his presidential rivals.


"The nuclear issue is a national cause that all governments will pursue," he said.


Like Kerry, analyst Alireza Nader of the American think tank RAND Corporation expect little change  in Tehran's nuclear policy.


"We shouldn't expect much," if any of them become president, he said.


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