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IRAN: 183 MP's sign letter defying Ahmadinejad - praising Larijani on nuclear issue

 
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IRAN: 183 MP's sign letter defying Ahmadinejad - praising Larijani on nuclear issue
Iranian MPs add to nuclear splits

[link to news.bbc.co.uk]

More than 180 Iranian MPs have signed a letter praising former chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, who has resigned from his post.
A top foreign policy adviser to Iran's supreme leader also said Mr Larijani should not have been allowed to resign.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran says the resignation has revealed growing splits on how to proceed on the nuclear issue.

Western countries suspect Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons but Tehran says its programme is peaceful.

'Poor timing'

On Monday, 183 MPs signed a letter praising Mr Larijani's performance as a nuclear negotiator after he was replaced by deputy foreign minister Saeed Jalili, a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Mr Larijani had repeatedly offered his resignation and, on Sunday, Mr Ahmadinejad finally accepted it.

The letter came as former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati - now senior foreign policy advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - said the resignation had come at the wrong time.

"In the very important and sensitive situation where the nuclear issue is at the moment it would be better if this did not happen, or at least it was prevented," Mr Velayati said.

Although he was appointed by Mr Ahmadinejad, Mr Larijani reported directly to Ayatollah Khamenei, who usually has the final say on all state issues.

This is not an argument over whether Iran should have a nuclear programme, just how to get there, our correspondent says.

He says pragmatists believe in negotiating with the international community and talk of following the path of Japan, which has quietly gained a civilian nuclear programme that some observers believe could be quickly adapted to produce nuclear weapons.

By contrast, Mr Ahmadinajad seems almost to want a confrontation - it is not just that he wants the nuclear programme, he wants also to use it to challenge the West and by doing so to build up Iran's power, our correspondent adds.

'Fall-out'

Mr Jalili is due to meet EU envoy Javier Solana in Rome for the first time since taking over the position.


Iran is working to enrich uranium on an industrial scale
The EU hopes to determine whether Mr Jalili's appointment signals a strengthening of Iran's stance on its nuclear programme.

But Mr Larijani will accompany his successor to the Rome talks, as the representative of Ayatollah Khamenei.

The deputy speaker of Iran's parliament has said that Mr Larijani resigned because he could no longer work with Mr Ahmadinejad, confirming suspicions that they had fallen out on policy, and possibly personality as well.

Iran is developing the technology to enrich uranium on an industrial scale. The enriched uranium can be used as fuel in a nuclear power station.

Some Western countries, led by the US, fear Iran will further process the enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons.
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no you idiot, they did not defy Ahmadinejad, they praised Laranjani for doing such a good job on his departure.

Don't you feel very low when you actually fabricate news. On second thoughts how could you. this is your nature and you no of nothing higher than the mentality you have.
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Iranian MPs add to nuclear splits

More than 180 Iranian MPs have signed a letter praising former chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, who has resigned from his post.
A top foreign policy adviser to Iran's supreme leader also said Mr Larijani should not have been allowed to resign.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Tehran says the resignation has revealed growing splits on how to proceed on the nuclear issue.

Western countries suspect Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons but Tehran says its programme is peaceful.

'Poor timing'

On Monday, 183 MPs signed a letter praising Mr Larijani's performance as a nuclear negotiator after he was replaced by deputy foreign minister Saeed Jalili, a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Mr Larijani had repeatedly offered his resignation and, on Sunday, Mr Ahmadinejad finally accepted it.

The letter came as former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati - now senior foreign policy advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - said the resignation had come at the wrong time.

"In the very important and sensitive situation where the nuclear issue is at the moment it would be better if this did not happen, or at least it was prevented," Mr Velayati said.

Although he was appointed by Mr Ahmadinejad, Mr Larijani reported directly to Ayatollah Khamenei, who usually has the final say on all state issues.

This is not an argument over whether Iran should have a nuclear programme, just how to get there, our correspondent says.

He says pragmatists believe in negotiating with the international community and talk of following the path of Japan, which has quietly gained a civilian nuclear programme that some observers believe could be quickly adapted to produce nuclear weapons.

By contrast, Mr Ahmadinajad seems almost to want a confrontation - it is not just that he wants the nuclear programme, he wants also to use it to challenge the West and by doing so to build up Iran's power, our correspondent adds.

'Fall-out'

Mr Jalili is due to meet EU envoy Javier Solana in Rome for the first time since taking over the position.


Iran is working to enrich uranium on an industrial scale
The EU hopes to determine whether Mr Jalili's appointment signals a strengthening of Iran's stance on its nuclear programme.

But Mr Larijani will accompany his successor to the Rome talks, as the representative of Ayatollah Khamenei.

The deputy speaker of Iran's parliament has said that Mr Larijani resigned because he could no longer work with Mr Ahmadinejad, confirming suspicions that they had fallen out on policy, and possibly personality as well.

Iran is developing the technology to enrich uranium on an industrial scale. The enriched uranium can be used as fuel in a nuclear power station.

Some Western countries, led by the US, fear Iran will further process the enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons.
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no you idiot, they did not defy Ahmadinejad, they praised Laranjani for doing such a good job on his departure.

Don't you feel very low when you actually fabricate news. On second thoughts how could you. this is your nature and you no of nothing higher than the mentality you have.
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Thanks for the input Achmed, but in a theocratic dictatorship like Iran - praising the rival of the mullah's man IS being defiant. Try using your head - propaganda will rot your brain..

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Iran's Ahmadinejad cuts visit to Armenia short UPDATE
10.23.07, 6:27 AM ET

[link to www.forbes.com]

YEREVAN, Armenia (Thomson Financial) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has cut short a two-day visit to Armenia due to the domestic political situation and key talks on the Iranian nuclear issue in Rome, a diplomatic source here told Agence France-Presse, the French news agency.

'He shortened his visit and is returning to Iran because of the internal political situation in the country,' the source said. 'Also this is linked with the discussion of the question of Iran which is happening today in Rome.'

'Today we are expecting strong criticism addressed to Iran.'

Iran's new nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, left Tehran for Rome today to hold his first talks over the atomic crisis with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Jalili, a hardliner close to Ahmadinejad, was accompanied by his predecessor Ali Larijani, the ISNA news agency reported.

The presence of Larijani, who quit on Saturday after falling out with Ahmadinejad over the handling of Iran's nuclear policy, has raised eyebrows among observers.

Larijani is officially attending as the representative of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the Supreme National Security Council, a position he retained after his resignation.

The Armenian presidential administration had previously announced that Ahmadinejad would visit today a memorial to victims of the Ottoman massacres of Armenians between 1915 and 1917, a regular stop for visiting dignitaries.

He had also been scheduled to visit Yerevan's Blue Mosque and to meet with members of the Iranian community here.

Armenian presidential spokesman Viktor Sogomonian said Ahmadinejad had returned to Tehran 'for urgent reasons' but did not elaborate.

'During meetings yesterday both presidents agreed that the president of Iran would go back to Iran earlier than expected for urgent reasons. The early end of the visit won't affect Armenian-Iranian relations,' Sogomonian said.

Ahmadinejad's senior advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi denied the visit had been cut short, saying 'the Iranian delegation is returning to Tehran at the planned time.'

'All of the Iranian president's programme was realized as planned during the visit to Armenia,' he said.
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"Western countries suspect Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons but

Tehran says its programme is peaceful."
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