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Mocking the Supreme Leader, Iran president says: Standing too long is a pain in the back

Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 2, 2019– “Standing for too long is a pain in your back or your feet!”

That was the gist of a speech delivered by Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani on August 26, mocking the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s political position of resistance. Rouhani’s speech was considered a sign of him being ready to negotiate with the U.S.

“We are now in a situation that we have been under the most severe sanctions for a year,” Rouhani said in his speech. “Yes, we have an enemy, I accept that. The enemy is putting pressure on me, on us, on our people, I accept that. But now, are we supposed to sit here and say that we stand firm? OK, we stand firm, but what for?” he asked.

“We stand firm to achieve our interests, we stand firm to achieve security, greatness, otherwise standing will hurt your feet and your back and has no benefits. You need to stand firm when there are advantages to it,” Rouhani said in clear reference to the controversial issue among the ruling elite in Iran whether they should negotiate with the U.S. or not.

Rouhani’s remarks led to an immediate wave of controversies in the Iranian regime.

Khamenei recently said that negotiations are tantamount to a fatal poison and Rouhani himself said that countries are not insane to negotiate with the Iranian regime, while addressing the U.S.

Meanwhile, rank-and-file officials of the Iranian regime are seeking new signs from Khamenei for their future measures. However, it seems that the regime’s Supreme Leader is once again lost in another turning point for his corrupt regime.

Khamenei’s silence on this matter has set the stage for more infightings among members of the Iranian regime.

Afghahi, an Iranian pundit close to Khamenei’s camp, said on August 27, “The Supreme Leader categorically considers negotiating with the U.S. as poisonous and thinks that negotiating with this particular administration is extra poisonous. Do you think people can interpret such a ruling about such a dangerous issue (negotiating with the U.S.) [as they please]?

Meanwhile, Hossein Shariatmadari, a former torturer/interrogator, intelligence officer and current editor in chief of Ali Khamenei’s mouthpiece, Keyhan newspaper, derides Rouhani for the JCPOA and says: “Your negotiations, in case you do it, will bring about another catastrophe like the JCPOA.”

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the formal term for what is better known as the Iran nuclear deal. In July 2015, the U.S., Germany, France, Britain, Russia, and China, collectively called the P5+1, signed a document that lifted sanctions against Iran, while putting measures in place to stop the Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The deal was inherently flawed in favor of the ruling mullahs in Iran. It didn’t curb their drive to build ballistic missiles, their nefarious meddling in foreign countries, especially in the Middle East, and it had what are called "sunset clauses," which would eventually lift the limits on the Iranian regime and enable it to race for nuclear weapons capabilities.

But most outrageous was the fact that ordinary Iranians, the true holders of every right to the country’s riches, were the most neglected in the deal.

Two years after the deal, despite a windfall of petrodollars, average Iranians had a harder time to make ends meet, while Hezbollah fighters’ in Lebanon, the Assad regime in Syria, the Houthis in Yemen, and Hamas in Palestine were reaping in the benefits of the nuclear deal.

That’s why domestic support for the ruling thugs in Iran is running thinner than ever before. Even illiterate people are understanding the game of the ruling mullahs.

Ali Bigdeli, an Iranian political pundit close to the ruling elite, warned all factions following Rouhani’s speech saying that the issue is beyond the person of the Iranian president and could engulf the whole regime.

“Rouhani’s comments show that the resistance of the regime is reaching its end. The situation has become very difficult for the people and we can’t continue these conditions. Authorities know that this coming school year, when the summer break ends, costs will increase for the people and this could lead to an increase in social uproar that culminates in general protests. Therefore, to solve the country’s difficulties, we need to engage regarding the nuclear deal. It seems that the government already had discussions with the Supreme Leader and is attempting to prevent future potential developments in Iran,” Bigdeli said.