Khamenei_cartoonIn an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency on August 15, Alaadin Boroujerdi, head of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, described the issues of Iran’s nuclear program negotiations, homeland security, and security interventions in Iraq and Syria. 

On the nuclear issue and ongoing negotiations with 5+1, Boroujerdi said the decision making body is the Supreme National Security Council and the Foreign Ministry is just a “moderator” in the nuclear negotiations. “On the nuclear issue, the Supreme National Security Council makes the decisions and effectively formulates guidelines for the negotiation team,” Boroujerdi said and emphasized, “This means that the decisions are transferred to the Foreign Ministry and the negotiating team is a moderator for the decisions in the diplomatic arena in the nuclear negotiations.”

On pursuing nuclear weapons program and the regime’s position in the negotiations Boroujerdi said: “Our position is quite different from the past. At a time, we asked the other side for 20 centrifuges for our scientists but today thousands of [centrifuge] devices are installed on our sites. This means that Iran’s position is strengthened and our bargaining power elevated.” 

Boroujerdi described the regime’s demands from western countries and said: “It is assumed that the output of nuclear negotiations in lifting all sanctions, freedom of Iranian nuclear activities, conserving the Arak heavy water reactor, efforts in research and development of higher generation centrifuges, and keeping the Fordow site to be a reasonable approach in the face of enemy threats.”

“These achievements must be conserved. If this happens, then by conserving these achievements we can pass this precipice and call our policy a success,” Boroujerdi added and threatened the west that if they don’t achieve these demands, they will begin their previous nuclear track. He said: “Right now it is far too early to prejudge the issue and we should see where the path of negotiations will come to considering the Americans’ excessive demands. If the result is not according to what we want, our Foreign Minister will explicitly transfer the issue to the 5+1 and we will do all we have done in the past including 20% enrichment and other measures again.”

Boroujerdi emphasized that the regime’s Supreme Leader is informed in details of the ongoing negotiations and without his consent none of the decisions made by the Supreme National Security Council is applicable. He said: “According to the constitution, the decisions of the National Security Council are applicable only after the approval of the Supreme Leader. Therefore, there should be no doubt that he is informed in details of the developments in [nuclear] negotiations and no decision is made without his knowledge. He has said repeatedly that he does not trust the other side and thus if the Americans want to impose their greed, he will definitely order to prevent it.”

On the issue of crisis in in Iraq and Syria, Boroujerdi acknowledged the regime’s meddling in those countries and said that the regime will transfer its security experiences including suppression of opposition groups (i.e. People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI) to its friends in Iraq and Syria. He explained: “Considering Islamic Republic’s 35 years experience of governing, we transfer our experience to our friends in Iraq and Syria and one dimension of this experience is security.