Iran

Reaction of Iranian officials to potential U.S. strike on Syria

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hojjat al-Eslam Hassan Rouhani at a meeting with Rouhani's cabinet, Tehran, August 28, 2013. (Fars News Agency)

 

The threat of a U.S. strike on Syria following the chemical weapons attack by Assad regime forces on August 21, 2013 has prompted reactions from many of the Islamic Republic's top officials. The Critical Threats Project's Iran team has compiled the most significant of these remarks. This page will be updated as new data becomes available.

Rouhani feels limits of office

Hassan Rouhani attends the 21st Veterans of Jihad and Martyrdom Conference, Tehran, July 17, 2013. (Fars News Agency)
 

IRGC Messaging: Insight into a Revolutionary Regime

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari holds a press conference in Tehran, September 16, 2012. (Fars News)

Testimony: Iran’s Global Force Projection Network: IRGC Quds Force and Lebanese Hezbollah

IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, the father of Imad Mughniyeh, the former commander of Hezbollah's external operations killed in 2008, and Kazem Darabi attend a February 19, 2013 mourning ceremony for Quds Force Brigadier General Hassan Shateri in Tehran (Young Journalists' Club)

Iran's Centrifuge Plans Would Undermine U.S. Policy Assumptions

Iran has announced its intention to expand its ability to enrich uranium rapidly by installing advanced centrifuges at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant. If Iran carries through on this declaration it will undermine one of the core assumptions of current U.S. policy aimed at preventing Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons—namely, that the U.S. will detect the start of the process of enriching to weapons-grade uranium in time to take meaningful action.

IRGC Shows Its (True) Hand in Syria

Iranian hostages released by Syrian rebels arrive at a Damascus hotel, January 9, 2013 (Reuters)

Iran Expanding Nuclear Enrichment Capacity and Stockpiles

IAEA chief inspector Herman Nackaerts and Iran's IAEA ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh brief the media after a meeting at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, August 24, 2012 (Reuters)

Iranian Regime Exerts Pressure on Green Movement

Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard after voting in the 2009 Iranian presidential election in southern Tehran (Reuters)