The White House denied on Monday that the US had given Israel a green light to attack Iran, in the wake of the disputed presidential election. I and other Iran experts are quoted in this Sfgate blog, trying to explain Biden’s statement on Sunday about Israel attacking Iran.
Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei blamed discord in Iran over the announced results of the June 12 presidential election on Western agitators. He urged Iranians to be vigilant against such activities, and threatened the West with worse relations with Iran if it went on.
I had reported on June 23 that Hosain Marashi, the head of the Kargozaran Party loyal to former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, had called for a new political coalition to combat the “illegitimate” government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. On Monday, the Kargozaran Party put out a communique saying, according to the intrepid Borzou Daragahi of the LAT:
‘ “We declare that the result is unacceptable due to the unhealthy voting process, massive electoral fraud and the siding of the majority of the Guardian Council with a specific candidate.” ‘
Given the close association of the Kargozaran with Rafsanjani, Daragahi correctly suggests that the communique is an indirect announcement by Rafsanjani that he is irreconcilable with the new government, which has been accused of stealing the June 12 presidential election.
Daragahi also reports on the rising importance of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps in domestic Iranian politics.
Opposition leader Mir Hosain Mousavi on Monday denounced this trend, condemning Iran’s growing national security state and demanding the release of arrested protesters. Mousavi is looking in to founding a full-fledged political party to continue the reform struggle.
Grand Ayatollah Yusuf Sanei issued a new statement, insisting that it is illegitimate to deprive the people of their rights, and dismissing the regime’s show trials as mere coerced confession
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