October 11, 2007


Iran figure lambastes Ahmadinejad: Ex-negotiator says foreign, economic policies are failing (Ali Akbar Dareini, October 11, 2007, Associated Press)

Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator delivered an unusually sharp rebuke to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies yesterday, saying they are turning more nations against Iran and failing to fix the struggling economy. [...]

"On the international stage, we are under threat more than any other time," [Hasan] Rowhani said. "The country's diplomacy will be successful if it doesn't allow the enemy to win the backing of other countries against us. Unfortunately, the number of our enemies are increasing. Up to yesterday, Britain stood by the US, but now France has joined the United States more closely."

Rowhani had spoken little in public since he was removed as nuclear negotiator, a stint during which he helped seal a deal with the European Union under which Iran suspended uranium enrichment as a gesture to the West. After he was replaced, Iran resumed those activities and has pushed ahead with them despite UN sanctions and resolutions demanding a halt.

He indirectly criticized Ahmadinejad's frequent statements dismissing the effect of UN sanctions on Iran, saying "the economic impact is felt in the life of the people."

Turning to Iran's economic struggles, Rowhani said that despite high prices for Iran's oil, "we don't see a healthy and dynamic economy."

"If we had an accurate and comprehensive plan, most of the country's problems could have been resolvable," he said.

Rowhani said important policy decisions were being made by only a few people. "The views and opinions of others must be sought, too," he said.

And Ayatollah Khamenei replaced him with Larijani because the latter is more pragmatic?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2007 7:54 AM
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