Israel, Jerusalem / Trend corr. R. Mammadov / The removal of Ali Larijani from the office of the Secretary of the Defence Council of Iran will strengthen Iranian President Ahmadinejad's influence on a number of complex issues linked with the implementation of the Iranian nuclear program. "The President's actions in this direction are to be toughened, and the policy of the country will become more risky and extremist," Vladimir Mesamad, an expert of the European University in Jerusalem, said. Mr Larijani had repeatedly offered his resignation and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had finally accepted it. Saeed Jamili, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, was appointed the new Secretary. Mesamad said the concentration of the negotiation process with the West and put into the hands of the new secretary, who is characterized as an Islamic fanatic, would cause deadlock in the settlement of Iran's nuclear problem. Over recent years Ahmadinejad made sure that Larijani could not be trusted in carrying out his responsibilities. The President began to pass the instructions to other officials. "Finally we notice that the nuclear program carried out by Larijani contradicts the position of the President. And if Larijani's position contradicts the President's position, this is a declaration of fearlessness of the Iran government before sanctions in political and economic spheres by the world community. Such a contradiction was not expected in Iran. So we should expect such a step from the President," Mesamad said.
Larijani’s Resignation to Strengthen Position of Iranian President on Nuclear Program
24 October 2007 14:15 (UTC+04:00)