August 3, 2013 |
TEHRAN — Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, officially endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president in a ceremony here Saturday on the eve of his swearing-in by parliament, acknowledging the challenges that he faces and asking the country to support him. Rouhani, the moderate cleric who won an unexpected victory in the June 14 election and will begin his official duties Sunday after being inaugurated as the Islamic Republic's 11th...
September 17, 2013 |
TEHRAN — Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tuesday that his country should embrace diplomacy over militarism, saying it was time for "heroic leniency," and signaled his embrace of international outreach efforts by new president Hassan Rouhani. Although Khamenei said the Islamic republic must never abandon its revolutionary ideals and objectives, he said it was time to address Iran's diplomatic disputes with major world powers. In an interview aired...
October 15, 2011 |
TEHRAN — Iran's supreme leader on Saturday denounced allegations by the United States of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, suggesting they were a pretext for further building an international consensus against Iran, state media reported . "They attempted to find an excuse by raising a meaningless and useless accusation against some Iranian nationals in America," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, speaking in...
February 2, 2012 |
TEHRAN — A fiery anti-Israel speech by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered shortly after a successful Iranian satellite launch, added to growing global tensions Friday, as Israel warned that it might mount a preemptive strike against the Islamic republic's nuclear facilities despite U.S. objections. "From now onward, we will support and help any nations, any groups fighting against the Zionist regime across the world, and we are not afraid of declaring this,"...
March 8, 2012 |
This piece is part of an On Leadership special feature exploring the present-day Iran tensions in the context of leadership lessons from crises confronted by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. The mounting confrontation between the United States and Iran is like a Cuban Missile Crisis in slow motion. Events are moving, seemingly inexorably, toward a showdown at which point President Obama will have to choose to either attack Iran's nuclear facilities or acquiesce in an Iranian nuclear bomb.
June 12, 2013 |
IRAN'S LAST presidential election four years ago offered hope of real change in its theocratic regime, through the reformist Green movement. But if the race to elect a replacement to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad alters anything, it may be for the worse — at least from the West's point of view. Scarred by the popular uprising of 2009, the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has ensured that only conservative regime loyalists were allowed to enter Friday's first round of elections.