Cleric: Iran to enhance foreign posture with ‘suicide operations’

Cleric: Iran to enhance foreign posture with ‘suicide operations’

[Ed. – Clearly, we’ve got Iran backed into a corner.]

A hardline Iranian cleric affiliated with the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Iran has used “suicide operations” in the past and will use them again “to send its message to the world,” according to a translation of his original Farsi remarks.

Iranian cleric and political leader Mehdi Taeb issued these threats as negotiations between Tehran and the West enter their final stages. …

As Iran digs in its heels over preserving its right to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, the Islamic country’s hardline leaders have begun to step up their anti-American rhetoric.

Taeb, commander of the country’s hardline Ammar Garrison, admitted that Iran has utilized “suicide operations” in the past and that these types of operations will continue into the future.

The “Islamic Republic of Iran has used and will use suicide operations to send its message to the world,” Taeb said, according to an independent translation of his remarks first reported in the Persian language press. …

As Iranian hardliners in Khamenei’s camp line up to oppose a deal, some of Iran’s state-controlled media outlets have begun to report that the Obama administration is prepared to permit Iran to retain large portions of its nuclear infrastructure under a final deal.

“The issue of enrichment capability is no longer the main stumbling block to agreement,” Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency reported on Monday, claiming that the United States has agreed to allow Iran to operate at least 6,000 nuclear centrifuges, which enrich uranium.

This number is larger than the ceiling of 4,000 centrifuges previously proposed by the administration, according to Fars.

U.S. negotiators also said European sanctions imposed on Iran’s oil exports would be fully lifted under a deal, according to the report.

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