“Reformists, conservatives pressure Ahmadinejad against nuclear deal”

“Reformists, conservatives pressure Ahmadinejad against nuclear deal”
November 2 & 3, 2009
     Michael Theodoulou attributes Iran’s negative response to the IAEA proposal [previously covered here] to domestic political divides. Theodoulou writes that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing strong domestic pressure over his support for the IAEA proposal; the reformists fear successful negotiations with the West will boost Ahmadinejad’s legitimacy, whereas conservatives see Iran’s LEU stockpile as a vital source of leverage against Western powers (The National).
     Michael Slackman adds that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei would likely avoid risking his domestic credibility by accepting the deal. Michael Axworthy believes reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has criticized the deal, is using the nuclear issue to attack Ahmadinejad’s nationalist credentials. Trita Parsi and Alireza Nader state that Iran’s deep political divides could prevent even a deal that works to Iran’s benefit (New York Times). On Tuesday, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei sharply criticized the US, declaring Iran would “not be fooled by the superficial conciliatory tone of the US” (Agence France-Presse).
The National | New York Times | Agence France-Presse


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