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The latest from Iran’s leadership (ht: The Corner’s Michael Rubin):

An Iranian legislative official said that a satellite rocket recently made by Iranian scientists will soon have a lift-off.

Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaoddin Boroujerdi made the remarks in a meeting with a group of religious students and clerics in the city of Qom on Monday. …

The lawmaker further described the launch of operation by a network of 3000 centrifuges as a factor stabilizing Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and underlined, “As soon as the westerners find out that Iran’s nuclear capabilities are established, they will be forced to negotiate with us, because they are well aware of the fact that if they intend to pressurize Iran, the Islamic Republic will eventually withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and that’s what they are afraid of.”

It is all smoke, mirrors, satellites and centrifuges.  I missed that Ahmadinejad sent a letter to the Pope last week, but it is hard to miss the Iranian president’s ibcreasingly defiant tone on the stump:

The U.S. and its allies “should know that our nation is not afraid of them,” Ahmadinejad, pronounced ah-ma-deen-ah-ZHAD, told supporters. “They can neither make Iranians give up through threat, bullying, pressure and issuing of worthless resolutions, nor threatening them with sanctions.”

And again:

“You are nobody,” he told the Western powers. Recalling the West’s support for Iraq, then ruled by Saddam Hussein, during its eight year war with Iran in the 1980s, he said: “If all the powers that supported Saddam in his war against Iran were to regroup and confront Iran again, Iranians would deliver a historic slap in their face.”



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