TITLE

Loaded Letter

AUTHOR(S)
Bahari, Maziar
PUB. DATE
October 2006
SOURCE
Newsweek (Pacific Edition);10/16/2006 (Pacific Edition), Vol. 148 Issue 16, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article looks at a letter released by former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani written by Ayatollah Khomeini, outlining his reasons for accepting a ceasefire with Iraq in July 1988. One of the reasons cited was Iran's lack of sophisticated weaponry; to which, Khomeini said Iran needs the capability to build nuclear weapons. The Iranian Supreme National Security Council ordered news agencies to omit that comment. The release of the letter suggests a rift in Iran's leadership, since Rafsanjani takes a softer line than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on nuclear arms negotiations.
ACCESSION #
22725580

 

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