Iranian Leader’s Twitter Account Deletes Controversial Statement Boasting About Nuclear Deal

Iranian Leader’s Twitter Account Deletes Controversial Statement Boasting About Nuclear Deal

The Twitter account belonging to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has deleted a controversial tweet saying world powers had “surrendered to Iranian nation’s will” in concluding an interim agreement to curb the country’s nuclear program.

The tweet, posted early Tuesday morning EST, stood in stark contrast to Rouhani’s more open approach to the West. By Wednesday morning, the tweet had been deleted.

Asked about the tweet on Tuesday, Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, told reporters the White House believed Rouhani was appealing to his “domestic audience,” where hardliners have at times criticized the deal.

“It is not surprising to us and nor should it be surprising to you that the Iranians are describing the agreement in a certain way towards their domestic audience,” Carney said. “It does not matter what they say, it matters what they do.”

Rouhani’s tweet stoked controversy as the White House attempts to fight off a new billthat would introduce further sanctions on Iran. The interim deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief is due to begin on Jan. 20.

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Iran President Hassan Rouhani tells his country that nuclear deal means ‘surrender’ of Western powers

Iran President Hassan Rouhani tells his country that nuclear deal means ‘surrender’ of Western powers

Associated Press | January 14, 2014 7:31 AM ET

TEHRAN, Iran — President Hassan Rouhani has praised a landmark nuclear deal struck in Geneva as his country’s victory, telling a home crowd it effectively means the “surrender” of Western powers to Iranian demands.

The remarks were part of the moderate Rouhani’s efforts to bring around hard-liners who claim the deal tramples on Iran’s enrichment rights.

Last week, the six-nation group — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany — and Iran agreed to start implementing the terms of the November deal later this month.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to cap its uranium enrichment in return for some relief from Western economic sanctions.

Speaking Tuesday in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, Rouhani said the “Geneva deal means the surrender of big powers before the great nation of Iran.”

Latest fatwa from Iran: No online chatting between sexes

Latest fatwa from Iran: No online chatting between sexes

The latest religious edict from Iran’s supreme leader takes aim at the Islamic Republic’s lonely hearts.

Online chatting between men and women on social networks is forbidden under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s latest fatwa, delivered ironically enough on his website in answer to a question sent by email. The top mullah’s reasoning is that such contact could eventually lead to activities prohibited by Islam.

“Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted,” Khamenei wrote.

Khamenei often delivers fatwas on his website, but the latest one could further expose the spiritual and generational rift between the nation’s web-savvy youth and the hardline religious leaders. Iranians contacted by FoxNews.com, who all declined to be identified by their full names, said the declaration is the latest effort to stop people from talking and sharing.

“It’s not the social sites that scare them, it’s people connecting,” said Azadeh, a 34-year-old photographer living outside Tehran. “That’s always been their fear.”

Only a few days ago, the Iranian regime blocked WeChat, a popular messaging app for smart phones similar to WhatsApp, and boasting more than 100 million users.

The ruling mullahs in Tehran have long been weary of the effects and potential of the Internet and social media sites in particular, often blocking access to many websites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. 

These sites were pivotal in organizing and dispersing information during the 2009 uprisings in Iran, often referred to as the Twitter Revolution. The demonstrations followed the contested re-election of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“These moves are all in an effort to create a society in which we are watched by Big Brother,” AliReza, a 54-year-old medical technician, told FoxNews.com.

For years, many Iranians have relied on third-party proxy servers to circumvent government censorship.

There have also been rumors of a “Halal Network,” an Islam-friendly intranet that the government’s telecommunications ministry publicized in early 2011, that would disconnect Iran from the rest of the world and serve as a parallel internal web, automatically censoring material and blocking popular global sites and search engines.

Many have pointed to the hypocrisy of Iran’s leaders, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif, for actively using Twitter and their own websites to relay messages to the world. 

Sam, 37, a coffee shop owner in Mashad, calls the decree a “distraction,” an effort by the government to turn focus from political pressure on the government to smaller issues.

“So now instead of having a population of people asking, ‘Where’s my freedom?’ or ‘Where’s my vote?’ you have people asking ‘how can I meet a girl online without breaking the law?’” he said.

Lisa Daftari is a Fox News contributor specializing in Middle Eastern affairs.

Iran’s Top Five Human Rights Abuses

Iran’s Top Five Human Rights Abuses

Great article highlighting some of Iran’s worst human rights abuses. This post comes at a great time to highlight the immense HYPOCRISY of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s youtube video post two days ago. He asked for countries at the next round of nuclear talks to honor Iran’s dignity and give them the respect they deserve. WHAT A JOKE. How does Iran have any dignity when they have the highest per capita execution rate in the world, among MANY other human rights atrocities. Keep this in mind while the newest round of nuclear talks unfold….

Here are the 5 human rights abuses discussed in the article:

  1. Right to Assemble
  2. Right to a Fair Trial
  3. Freedom of Religion
  4. Freedom of the Press
  5. Freedom of Speech