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Iran's state-run media: regime factions divided over attack on Saudi Aramco

Iran's state-run newspapers
Iran's state-run newspapers

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 18, 2019—The Iranian regime’s state-run newspapers published on September 17 showcased all the domestic, regional and international crises the ruling mullahs in Iran are facing.

Iran’s attack against Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, the now impossible meeting between the mullahs’ President Hassan Rouhani meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump for negotiations with the U.S., the Financial Action Task Force and Iran’s financing of terrorism were among the most important topics.

Some newspapers close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s faction all but admit Iran’s involvement in the attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Javan newspaper writes: “The Zulfiqar-like view of the leadership of Muslims around the world made its magic on the Yemeni Janbiya!” This daily is known as the mouthpiece of Iran’s terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

The Zulfiqar is the famous sword of Imam Ali ibn Ali Talib, is the spiritual leader of Shiite Muslims, including Iranians. “The Leadership of Muslims around the world” is how the regime’s fanatics address Khamenei, revealing their expansionist global perspective.

“Halving the oil exports of Saudi Arabia which is among the achievements of the Ansarollah (Houthis) operation, is like cutting the spine of Mohammad Bin Salman,” the Javan piece continues, referring to the Saudi crown prince.

“That is great! These are the ‘global resistance cells’ that Ruhollah [referring to Islamic Republic’s founder Khomeini] was dreaming of!… Now, Khamenei is bringing about Khomeini’s dreams and the entire world is witnessing that the house of the leadership has become a command center,” Javan concludes.

Resalat newspaper, also close to Khamenei, writes referring to Houthi terrorists: “The Ansarollah’s recent attack against Aramco is a political and military victory because 50 percent of Aramco company’s shares are American and the remaining 50 percent belong to the Saudis. U.S. Republicans are the biggest shareholders [of this company].”

Sadrollah Zarei, an Iranian political pundit close to the conservative camp, says in Keyhan, the official Khamenei mouthpiece: “Since it is possible to plan and repeat this event, its consequences go far beyond,” referring to Iran’s recent attack against Saudi oil facilities.

“The United Arab Emirates can’t continue its current hypocritical policy and needs to learn that dividing Yemen is a bigger crime than waging war against Yemen. If there are reasonable men in Abu Dhabi, they’ll back off swiftly and give the good and bad of Yemen over to the people,” Zarei concluded in Keyhan.

Newspapers close to Rouhani, on the other hand, warn about the Saudi attacks’ consequences, while implicitly accepting the responsibility.

Setareh Sobh writes: “Iranian public opinion is against war, because a potential war will bear a heavy price on Iran, regional countries, the U.S. and Europe.”

“The U.S. and Europe were claiming that the destination of Adrian Darya 1, which turned out to be true at the end of the day… contradictions in the statements made by our country’s officials about the destination of the oil tanker had a negative impact on Iran’s reputation on the global stage. Now, the same issue is repeating itself in a different way in terms of the attacks against Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities,” the piece continues.

“The Houthis accepting the responsibility for this attack can also create challenges for Iran, because the Ansarollah movement is an ally of Iran and while our country needs to engage the world, these types of attacks can bring about dangers directed at our active diplomatic course,” the piece concluded.