Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

  • India pays $550 million in oil dues to Iran: Sources July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: India paid a second installment of $550 million in oil dues to Iran on Tuesday under an interim deal that has allowed Tehran access to $4.2 billion in blocked funds globally, two industry sources said. Asian buyers such as Japan and South Korea have already cleared some of the...
  • Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei commutes almost 900 sentences January 19, 2014

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed on Saturday to pardon or reduce the sentences of 878 people in honour of the Prophet Mohammad's birthday on Sunday, the state news agency IRNA reported. Last September, some 80 political prisoners were released, including prominent human rights activist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, just...
  • Iran sentences activist actress to 18-month in prison October 30, 2013

    Tehran: An Iranian court has sentenced an actress known for her reformist political activism to 18 months in prison on security charges, newspapers reported in another sign of the underlying tensions between Iran's hard-liners and calls for greater openness by new President Hassan Rouhani. The reports came on Tuesday, a day...
  • Iran will never develop nuclear weapons, says President Hassan Rouhani September 19, 2013

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday that his government would never develop nuclear weapons, his strongest signal yet that he may be seeking a diplomatic thaw with the West after decades of acrimony. In an interview with NBC News days before he travels to New York for a UN appearance,...
  • US intervention in Syria will be disaster, says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei August 28, 2013

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday US intervention in Syria would be "a disaster for the region", the ISNA state news agency reported, as Western powers made plans to hit Damascus over a chemical weapons attack. After supporting Arab uprisings across the Middle East and north Africa in...
  • Iran's Khamenei blames outsiders for Middle East's woes August 27, 2013

    Dubai: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed countries outside the Middle East on Monday for the region's turmoil and the Shi'ite cleric said regional states backing radical Sunni Islamists would be damaged by conflict. Khamenei, the most powerful man in Iran, made the comments in a meeting with Oman's Sultan...
  • Rafsanjani rolls the dice last time to fix Iran's future May 12, 2013

    Dubai: Iran's best known political grandee, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, looms large in the history of the Islamic Republic - now registered to run in Iran's presidential election June 2013 he may also get the chance to carve out its future. Few have wielded such influence in modern Iran as...
  • Iran's supreme leader 'likes' Facebook despite ban December 18, 2012

    Dubai: Facebook - banned in Iran due to its use by activists to rally government opponents in 2009 - has an unlikely new member: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Launched a few days ago, the Facebook page 'Khamenei.ir' displays photographs of the 73-year-old cleric alongside speeches and pronouncements by the man...
  • Iran says ready for nuclear flexibility October 14, 2012

    Tehran: Iran is ready to show flexibility at nuclear talks to ease Western concerns over its contentious nuclear program, its foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, as tensions rise in the standoff between the Islamic Republic, Israel and the West. The remarks by Ramin Mehmanparast, published by the official IRNA news...
  • PM meets Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Tehran August 29, 2012

    Tehran: In a rare meeting with a non-Muslim dignitary, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday held discussions in Tehran with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a variety of subjects, including bilateral matters and the tense situation in the region. Prior to the meeting with 73-year-old Khamenei, who holds near-absolute...
  • Iran willing to continue nuclear talks: Official July 28, 2012

    Tehran: A senior official says Iran is willing to continue talks with world powers over its nuclear program until they reach a conclusion. Ali Akbar Velayati, international adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted on Friday by the semiofficial news agency ISNA. He said Iran will pursue nuclear...
  • Iran warns Israel against attacking it June 3, 2012

    Tehran: Iran's Supreme Leader warned on Sunday that any Israeli attack would be answered with a "lightning" response by the Islamic Republic and suggested Iran's nuclear program cannot be curtailed by Western sanctions. The remarks by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei echoed previous hard-line positions by Iran, but take on added resonance amid...
  • Iran warns US, Israel on atom site attacks November 11, 2011

    Tehran: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the United States and Israel on Thursday not to launch military action against its nuclear sites, saying it would be met with "iron fists", state television reported. Tension over Iran's nuclear programme has increased since Tuesday when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)...
  • Iran leader says US troop exit 'golden' for Iraq October 31, 2011

    Tehran: Iran's supreme leader on Sunday hailed the coming withdrawal of US troops from neighbouring Iraq as a "golden" victory. US President Barack Obama plans to withdraw his 40,000 troops from Iraq by the end of the year after negotiations on keeping some forces there failed, a move some US politicians...
  • India protests to Iran over remarks on Kashmir November 19, 2010

    New Delhi: Upset over persistently critical statements by Iran on Jammu and Kashmir, India on Friday summoned its acting Ambassador, telling him that such remarks impinged on the country's territorial integrity. New Delhi issued a strong demarche to Iran's charge d'affaires Reza Alaei expressing its "deep disappointment" over the remarks, which...
  • Don't intervene in Iran affairs: Ahmadinejad tells West June 22, 2009

    Tehran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday said that Western countries should keep away from Iran's domestic issues, the country's ISNA news agency reported. "Definitely, you would not be placed inside Iranians' circle of friendship with such hasty comments. Thus, I recommend you to rectify your interventionist stances," said Ahmadinejad while referring...
  • Top cleric may be playing role in Iran unrest June 21, 2009

    Cairo: One of Iran's most powerful men may be playing a key role behind closed doors in the country's escalating post election crisis. Former president and influential cleric Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has made no public comment since Iran erupted into confrontation between backers of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformists...
  • Iran threatens harsh crackdown against opposition June 20, 2009

    Tehran: Iran's government threatened harsh action on Saturday if opposition supporters take to the streets again to demand a new election in open defiance of the country's supreme leader. Websites run by supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi called for street protests at 4 p.m. (1130 GMT) but the candidate...
  • Iran's top leader addresses nation, praises polls June 19, 2009

    Tehran: Iran's supreme leader addressed the nation on Friday in his first public comments since opposition supporters flooded Tehran's streets in an unprecedented challenge to the country's ruling clerics. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has already approved the June 12 election results that gave hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a landslide victory,...
  • Ahmadinejad claims unrest 'not important', election fair June 15, 2009

    Tehran: Protesters set fires and smashed store windows on Sunday in a second day of violence as groups challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election tried to keep pressure on authorities. Anti-riot police lashed back and the regime blocked Internet sites used to rally the pro-reform campaign. Ahmadinejad dismissed the unrest - the...
  • Ahmedinejad wins disputed Iran vote, clashes erupt June 14, 2009

    Tehran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday told all Iranians to respect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in a presidential election that his closest challenger described as a "dangerous charade". Trouble erupted on the streets when Ahmadinejad partisans clashed with about 2,000 supporters of moderate former prime minister Mirhossein Mousavi...
  • Iran turns deaf ear to IAEA, to continue N-programme June 3, 2008

    Tehran: Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday that "no wise nation" would pursue nuclear weapons, but his country will continue to develop its nuclear program for peaceful purposes. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to be reacting to suggestions by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Tehran may be withholding information on secret...
  • Iran goes to polls hoping for change March 14, 2008

    Tehran: Iranians voted Friday in elections likely to yield little change: Conservatives and allies of the hardline president are expected to retain control of parliament after many reformists were barred from even running. As polls opened, state radio urged a strong turnout so that Iranians could present a unified front to...