Baku, Azerbaijan, March 7
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Claims about serious health condition of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei are not true, Mohammad Sadegh Kharrazi, former deputy permanent representative of Iran to the United Nations said.
The media outlets' claims on the issue are "pure lie and blackmail," Kharrazi said, the official website of Iranian reformist party, "Nedaye Iranian" reported March 7.
Earlier Arabic media reported that Khamenei is hospitalized in serious condition at a hospital in Tehran.
The unofficial report widely covered by the media outlets, however Iranian officials did not made a comment on the issue.
Kharrazi, who is one of "Nedaye Iranian" party founders said that the claims are western news networks' "psychological warfare" and are aimed to target Iran's successful policy in the region as well as the nuclear negotiations with the P5+1(the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany).
Earlier this week, the French newspaper Le Figaro quoted Western intelligence officials as saying that Khameni is suffering from prostate cancer which was discovered about ten years ago. The report claimed that the cancer is in stage four, in other words has spread.
Last September, Khamenei underwent surgery, following prostate problems. The operation was carried out in one of government's hospitals in Tehran.
Shortly before leaving for hospital, the Leader described the operation as "very routine," saying there is no reason to worry.
Follow the author on Twitter: @UmidNiayesh