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Velayati attacks Jalili’s behavior during third presidential debate

Monday, 10 June 2013

Radio Farda summarizes the debate from the perspective of Iranian journalists: in an article in the reformist newspaper Etemaad, Sadeq Zibakalem summarized the debate and declared Velayati the winner of the third debate, claiming that Velayati’s criticism of Jalili’s performance as head of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, in which no progress was made under his term and that “the art of diplomacy means the ability to defend nuclear rights without causing an expansion of sanctions against Iran” – was surprising since in recent years, government media as well as conservative leaders focused solely on praising Jalili. For the first time in the last debate, Ali Akbar Velayati stripped Jalili of the Superman cape he wore and, within minutes, presented scathing questions about the positive propaganda that pervaded in recent years around Jalili. Sadeq Zibakalem, in his article, mentioned Qalibaf, Jalili and Hadad Adel as the losers of the debate, and Rezaee as breaking even. Jame Jam newspaper, which is affiliated with the broadcast network, claimed that the third debate “pleased the enemies” since the candidates did not protect national interests. Qanun reported an emergency response of Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi with regards to statements made by the candidates on the nuclear portfolio. Salehi emphasized that Iran has a principle position with regards to the nuclear talks and it has not changed. This talk is occasionally the personal opinion of people, and everyone speaks based on their personal impressions.


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  • Published: 2 years ago on Monday, 10 June 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: June 10, 2013 @ 3:12 pm
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