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Iran Headlines: MEK, Resolving the Nuclear Issue, and Saudi Arabia and ISIS

Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former Spanish prime minister Jose Zapatero take part in a rally in Villepinte, France.

MOJAHEDIN-E KHALQ (MEK)

Tabnak News reports that prominent member of the Islamic Motalefeh (Political) Party Asadollah Badamchian said, “From 1964 to 1977 Massod Rajavi (co-head of the MEK) was influenced by the United States, and now the Americans support him.”

On the anniversary of the June 27, 1981 failed assassination attempt on his life, the personal website of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a video clip of Khamenei’s first interview in a hospital after he survived an assassination attempt by the MEK.

ISIS IN IRAQ

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard was quoted by ISNA as saying, “Iraq is Iran’s Islamic alley and the arrogant powers, especially the Baathists, are trying to pit Iran against Iraq.”

Mehr News Agency reports that during Friday prayers in Najaf, Sheikh Abdul Mehdi al-Karbalai, a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani  warned, about the “ongoing project to break up Iraq” saying, “Israel has always sought the project of breaking Iraq up and now more than ever Israel supports it.”

According to Fars News Agency, “5,000 people volunteered in Najaf to fight ISIS.”

Fars News Agency also reports, “Rashad, which is considered to be the southernmost point of Kirkuk, has become the boundary between Iraqi Kurdistan and ISIS.” The report goes on to say, “There are Chechen snipers in this area which is heavily populated with Baathists who also cooperate with ISIS. Even the children of the area sit along the side of the road and write down the license plate numbers of unfamiliar cars for ISIS.”  

A hard line Kayhan editorial argues, “The King of Saudi Arabia is panicking now that ISIS is being pushed back,” and that “the Saudi King now fears that ISIS influence will reach Saudi soil.”

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

In an interview with ISNA, Abbas Ali Mansouri, a member of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said “The West wants to dramatically reduce the number of Iran’s centrifuges and enriching capability; in addition they want Iranian scientists not to be able to conduct nuclear research. Iran will always consider its national interests and will not submit to force.”

Iran's Foreign Ministry website reported that Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister for European and American Affairs, met with ambassadors from European Union member countries and said, “Taking maximalist positions and making excessive demands won’t get us anywhere (in the talks); only through the goodwill and understanding the realities will we be able resolve the nuclear issue.”

PHOTOS

Men and women compete in an archery horse racing competition in Tabriz, Azerbaijan province.

A memorial ceremony for composer and violinist Nima Varasteh was held in Tehran. He died at the age of 34.

Prominent government officials and religious authorities attend Friday prayers at Tehran University.