October 29, 2007

WHY DOES THE HEADLINE ASSUME IT A BAD THING?:

Row Over Nuclear Negotiator's Firing Worsens (Kimia Sanati, Oct 29, 2007, IPS)

Criticism has been steadily building up against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s apparent move to harden Iran’s position on its nuclear standoff with the West by removing moderate chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, and replacing him with his handpicked loyalist Saeed Jalili.

On Sunday, in a move considered bold in Iranian politics, a group of 23 members of parliament said, in a letter addressed to Ahmadinejad, that ‘’in the circumstances when the nation is facing most sensitive times, a change of the top nuclear negotiator is not in line with the national interests and the good of the system.’’

"It was necessary for the President to act with more tolerance and thought," said the statement as quoted by the Fars news agency. According to Fars, 22 of the signatories were reformists and were joined by one conservative. [...]

Criticism had also surfaced in the media and among officials about the timing of the change. And foreign policy advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, Ali Akbar Velayati, went on record to say that Larijani should not have quit.

"It was definitely better if this had not happened in the important and sensitive situation when the nuclear issue is on the table," Velayati, was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency ISNA.


Forcing the contradictions betters the situation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2007 7:08 AM
Comments

Sounds like some people are starting to worry. It is also possible that they are upset because Larijani was a successful front, and with him gone, the curtain is torn for good.

The more interesting development is the scorn being heaped on El Baradei by the Europeans, who are well aware of what has been sold to Iran in the past 15 years or so.

There's a reason Iran didn't blow up a Jewish center in, say, London or Rome.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 29, 2007 7:54 PM

No Argentine security forces.

Posted by: oj at October 29, 2007 11:37 PM
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