The regime in Tehran marks Islamic Republic Day on April Fool’s Day, and Iran said today that its plans to spread its “salvation” across the globe are proceeding apace as it is poised to crush perceived threats to the Islamic Republic from the U.S. and Israel.
Tomorrow is the deadline for a nuclear negotiations framework between the P5+1 and Iran, who are at the table for marathon talks in Switzerland. Reports indicate that Iran has moved the goalposts again, backing off on a provision to ship their enriched uranium stockpile out of the country.
“The exit of enriched uranium from the country has never been and will never be on our agenda,” senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi told the Iranian media Sunday night. “There is no question of sending the stocks abroad.”
Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported today that the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces issued a statement noting it’s ready “to defend the values and ideals of the Islamic ruling system” with experience gained from enemy confrontations over the past 37 years.
“The Armed Forces will give a firm and remorsing response to any practical threat by the enemies, specially the US and the Zionist regime, in proportion to the level and type of the hostile attempts and within the framework of threat-against-threat,” the statement said in advance of the April 1 holiday.
“37 years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the nations and communities have waken up and the Islamic awakening movement and flags of right-seeking and freedom-seeking have opened new horizons for the future of humanity; a future that will pave the way for the salvation of the nations from backwardness as well as political, economic and cultural captivity of the oppressing powers.”
Araqchi told reporters Sunday that the teams are “negotiating on two issues; confidence-building about Iran’s nuclear program which is demanded by the other side and respect for Iran’s nuclear rights and removal of sanctions which is demanded by us.”
“The negotiations have reached the final stage in terms of achieving solutions,” he said. “The negotiations are still continuing on two or three issues on which we have not reached a solution yet.”