Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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Iran Lawmakers Burn US Flag, Nuclear Deal

France says the deal isn't dead

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to pull the US from the Iran nuclear deal drew a fiery response from conservative Iranian lawmakers Wednesday—during the opening session of the country's parliament, they burned a paper American flag and the text of the 2015 deal, chanting "Death to America."... More »

Saudi Prince Makes Rare Concession to Israel

Mohammed bin Salman says Israelis have right to live on their own land

(Newser) - The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a long US trip looking to drum up business and support for the kingdom he may inherit soon, and Mohammed bin Salman has made headlines with a newly published interview in the Atlantic on two points:
  • Israel: The prince,
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Iran's Primary Schools Can No Longer Teach English

Move comes as Tehran blames US in part for recent unrest

(Newser) - Iran's primary schools are no longer permitted to teach English over fears that such early lessons could open the door to a Western "cultural invasion," reports Reuters . An education official announced on state-run TV Saturday that the rule applies to both public and private institutions. "Teaching... More »

Iran Judge Says Protesters Could Be Executed

Trump seeks international support for protests

(Newser) - The death toll in the protests sweeping Iran is now at least 20—and it could end up a lot higher under a recommendation from the head of Tehran's Revolutionary Court. According to Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi said Tuesday that some of the hundreds of... More »

State TV: Protesters Have Attacked Iran Military Bases

At least 12 killed, report says

(Newser) - At least 12 people have been killed in the ongoing protests in Iran , and armed protesters have tried to take over police stations and military bases, state TV reported Monday. The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting... More »

Trump on Iran Protests: 'The World Is Watching'

US president lends support for citizens demonstrating against Iran's economic issues

(Newser) - Thousands of people gathered in Iran's capital Saturday to lend their support to the Iranian government, a response to anti-government protests that had been held there over the past two days, the AP and CNN report. Numbers vary, but reports place between 2,000 and 4,000 pro-government demonstrators... More »

Saudi Crown Prince Blasts 'the New Hitler'

Mohammed bin Salman says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's influence must be curtailed

(Newser) - Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are creeping ever higher, with the Saudi crown prince referring to Iran's supreme leader as "the new Hitler" in an interview with the New York Times . Mohammed bin Salman also suggested Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's influence in the Middle East needed to... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader: US Is Nation's 'Number One Enemy'

Khamenei speaks out against Trump's decertification of nuclear deal

(Newser) - After President Trump refused to recertify Iran's compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said it was a "waste [of] time to respond to the rants and whoppers of the foul-throated president of the United States." But the country's supreme leader had more to... More »

Ayatollah: No Use Responding to 'Whoppers' of Trump

Iran's leader threatens to 'shred' nuclear pact if US withdraws

(Newser) - If President Trump thinks the Iran nuclear deal should be scrapped, the ayatollah seems happy to oblige. "If the US tears up the deal, we will shred it," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday in a speech to students, per Reuters . He was referring to President Trump'... More »

Iran Absolutely Stunned by Ahmadinejad's Election Move

He files to run once more for president

(Newser) - Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Ahmadinejad's decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan... More »

Ayatollah Khamenei Says Trump Is Proving Iran's Point

The Supreme Leader says Trump has revealed the 'real face of America'

(Newser) - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he's glad President Trump has shown "the real face of America," Al Jazeera reports. According to CNN , the supreme leader of Iran noted the country's leaders had been trying for decades to prove the US government's corruption and Trump, who he... More »

Khamenei: You'll Be Gone in 25 Years, Israel

Iran's supreme leader takes to Twitter to threaten 'Zionists,' rebuff US

(Newser) - As House lawmakers contended with more chaos on the Iran nuclear deal today, the supreme leader of Iran was busy making his own statements that appear to squash any hopes of Iran trying to mend its delicate relationship with the US via the deal, per the Times of Israel . Instead,... More »

Ayatollah: Our Policy Toward 'Arrogant US' Won't Change

Iran's supreme leader speaks out on nuclear deal

(Newser) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today a landmark nuclear deal won't change his country's policy toward the "arrogant" US, making his first public speech since the Islamic Republic's historic pact with world powers. Khamenei said a more wide-ranging agreement with America is unlikely,... More »

Iran: Don't Even Think About Inspecting Our Military Sites

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran won't acquiesce to 'coercion' by 'brazen' enemy

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader vowed today he won't allow inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders that Iran will resist "coercion and excessive demands" from America and other world powers. Khamenei... More »

Ayatollah: GOP Letter to Iran Sign of US 'Disintegration'

Meanwhile, from John McCain: 'Maybe that wasn't exactly the best way to do that'

(Newser) - The 47 GOP senators who sent a letter to Iran's leadership about nuclear negotiations likely anticipated the reaction they got from President Obama. But some were taken aback by public backlash, and now they have another opinion to mull: that of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said today through Iran'... More »

Obama Slams GOP Letter as 'Coalition' With Iran Hardliners

47 senators released open letter that Dems slam as 'interference'

(Newser) - Republican senators appear to have formed an "unusual coalition" with hardliners in Iran, President Obama said yesterday after 47 senators released an open letter to Iran's leaders about nuclear negotiations. The letter warned that any nuclear deal not approved by Congress would be considered merely an executive agreement... More »

Ayatollah Sent Secret Letter to White House

Wall Street Journal says it came amid recent nuclear talks

(Newser) - As Iran nuclear talks approach crunch time, one wild card has emerged—it turns out that President Obama and Iran's ayatollah are even bigger pen pals than realized, relatively speaking. The Wall Street Journal reports that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent Obama a letter "in recent weeks"... More »

Road to an Iran Nuke Deal Is Paved With Obstacles

Obama ready to work with Khamenei, but others wary of deal, including Israel, GOP

(Newser) - Foreign diplomats begin the tough work in Vienna tomorrow of negotiating with Iran on an agreement about its nuclear weapons program, possibly even bringing it to a grinding halt, the Guardian reports. But while the Obama administration has been working to jump-start the process—the president wrote a private letter... More »

Obama: Here's the Plan for Iraq

President discusses ISIS, immigration, and his love for politics

(Newser) - The latest addition of 1,500 US troops to Iraq "signals a new phase" in the fight against ISIS (or ISIL, or Islamic State), but not one that includes Americans engaging in combat, President Obama says in a wide-ranging discussion with Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation, CBS News... More »

Obama Secretly Wrote Ayatollah About Fighting ISIS

Also prods Iran on a nuclear deal

(Newser) - President Obama secretly penned a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei last month, sources tell the Wall Street Journal , in an attempt to prod the Iranian leader toward a nuclear deal while simultaneously underscoring the two nations' joint interest in fighting ISIS—with any cooperation on the latter being what the Journal... More »

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