Iran Predicts It Will Lead Global Caliphate Before End of Century
General Yahya Rahim Safavi, the top defense advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said a global Islamic caliphate led by Iran will be established this century. “Today, all world powers see the Islamic Republic and act toward it with respect, because they realize the magnitude of Iran’s … capabilities and their inability to confront it and stop its wheel of progress,” Safavi said, as quoted by the Iranian Fars news agency. He added the reason the U.S. has not attacked Iran was because of the “wisdom” of Iran’s leader.
Iran Threatens to Scrap Nuclear Agreement
Iran threatened that if the U.S. extends sanctions against Iran, it will scrap the nuclear deal. “We can reach a huge volume of [uranium] enrichment in 1.5 years. But we would rather not have the JCPOA marred,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, speaking to an Iranian news agency. The U.S. House of Representatives voted recently to extend the remaining U.S. sanctions against Iran – set to expire at the end of the year — for another 10 years. The sanctions include longstanding measures imposed by the U.S. that are not connected to Iran’s nuclear program. The sanctions would also have to be approved by the Senate as well as U.S. President Barack Obama, who is expected to veto any such measure.
Arab League to Iran: Stop Bragging
General-Secretary of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in an interview Iran has not stopped bragging that it has control of the governments of four Arab capitals – Sanaa, Baghdad, Beirut and Damascus. He said there needs to be a frank discussion about this situation and emphasized the existence of Iran in the area threatens Arab security.
Iran Forbids Interviews With Foreign Farsi Media
Iran’s Department of Justice announced that any citizen who gives an interview to foreign media in Persian will be hunted down and prosecuted. The department is reeling from two recent unflattering interviews. In one, an Iranian member of parliament spoke against rampant corruption in the department, singling out one senior official who reportedly amassed millions of dollars in personal accounts. The other was with three women who said they were raped by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s official Quran reader.