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The Iran Primer


Key Quotes from Earlier U.N. Speeches

           The following are excerpts from speeches by top Iranian leaders from the U.N. General Assembly opening going back to 1987.

Iran: The Week in Review

Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani

Iran: The Week in Review

Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani

Iran: Record High Foreign Investment

            Foreign direct investment in Iran surpassed $4.8 billion in 2012, a record high for the Islamic Republic according to a new U.N.

Iran’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

            Iran is facing double-digit inflation, high consumer prices, rising unemployment, and anemic economic growth, according to a ne

Larijani: West Should Sell Uranium to Iran

            On March 12, Iran’s Human Rights Council Secretary Mohammad Javad Larijani said that there is no need to produce enriche

Khamenei Comments: U.S.-Iran Talks Won’t Solve Any Problems

            In two major speeches in February, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei focused on the nuclear program, Iran-U.S.

Khamenei: Iran Not Seeking Nuclear Weapons

            On February 16, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed Iran has no intention to build nuclear weapons.

Iran’s Successes and Failures - 34 Years Later

Daniel Brumberg

What is Iran’s Strategy at New Talks?

Alireza Nader

Part II - Pivotal Election: The Ahmadinejad Camp

Shaul Bakhash

Ahmadinejad Urges Parliament to Cut Reliance on Oil

            On January 16, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told&nb

Iran Reacts to Obama Win

            After President Obama’s reelection, Iranian officials indicated that they are open to renewed negotiations.

Ahmadinejad Concedes to Supreme Leader

            On November 1, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledged to focus on Iran’s economic problems instead of domestic quarrels in

Judiciary Slams Ahmadinejad

            On October 21, Iran’s judiciary denied President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad permission to visit his press advisor in Evin prison

World Leaders React to Ahmadinejad

            Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York on Sept. 22 and addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 26.

Ahmadinejad’s Speech at the United Nations

            On Sept. 26, President Ahmadinejad addressed the 76th annual U.N.

Ahmadinejad in New York for U.N. Assembly

            Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to several New York audiences after arriving Sept. 22.

Iran Balks at Syria’s Suspension from Islamic Conference

On August 16, the Islamic Conference Organization-–a 57-member group of Muslim countries --suspended Syria’s membership in response to the government’s clampdown on internal oppos

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