Former intel minister voices alarmed about international resolve against Iranian regime

A former intelligence minister of the Iranian regime has raised alarm about the international community’s consensus against the clerical regime and the possibility of a military strike.

According to the state-affiliated Parliament News, Ali Younesi said, “Threats exist. Just listen to most of the interviews and remarks made by our own military officials, who refer to these foreign threats all the time.”

 

He added, “I am extremely worried about the sanctions and their adverse consequences. I don’t see a military strike occur in the near future, but it is nonetheless a very strong and significant probability and requires the adoption of necessary pre-emptive measures.”

Younesi also referred to the crucial need for the regime to interfere in Iraqi affairs, and said, “Today, thanks to Iranian involvement in Iraq, security threats have been thwarted and, moreover, the Iraqi market now serves as a golden opportunity for our exports. We must do everything we can to expand our broad-based influence.”

Younesi, who acted as the intelligence minister for the mullahs’ former president Mohammad Khatami, highlighted the imperative of the policy of exporting fundamentalism for the illegitimate clerical regime and said, “If we retreat from regional countries, our competitors or enemies will fill the vacuum and turn those places into bases of cultural and economic assaults against us.”

“We must therefore strengthen the groups, governments and movements that are aligned with our position in the region, such as the Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestine and Iraq.”

Younesi added, “This was a policy that was made prevalent with resolve and with care in ?all the previous eras, including in the governments of [Ali Akbar Hashemi] Rafsanjani and ?Khatami.”?

?“It was a policy,” he added, “based on a deep understanding and expertise when it comes ?to actual and potential threats and our country’s long-term interests. So, no government ?would be able to change the policy’s tenets.”?

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