President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad har rettet et voldsomt angrep på sine kritikere og kaller dem forrædere. Trolig sikter han til tidligere president Rasfanjani som nylig kritiserte Ahmadinejad for å skaffe Iran flere fiender.
Ahmadinejad står for konfrontasjon med resten av verden, og insistering på retten til å skaffe landet atomteknologi. Kritikerne mener han fører et språk som skaffer landet fiender.
Nylig sparket Ahmadinejad den erfarne Ari Larijani som leder for atomforhandlingene, og innsatte sin «egen» mann. Denne ble også leder av Det nasjonale sikkerhetsråd.
But more leading figures have recently spoken out. Last month, Larijani’s predecessor as top nuclear negotiator, Hasan Rowhani, delivered an unusually sharp rebuke to Ahmadinejad, saying he was making more enemies for Iran with his policies.
One of Iran’s most powerful cleric-politicians, former president Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rasfanjani, issued a veiled criticism of Ahmadinejad last week, saying officials must «avoid immaturity and not cause trouble for the people.»
Ahmadinejad viste mandag at han tenker å blottstille kritikerne og kalle dem ved deres rette navn: forrædere. Han må være rimelig sikker på sitt forhold til Ali Khamenei for å våge å utfordre sine konservative kritikere på denne måten. Å bli kalt forræder i full offentlighet er ikke vanlig kost.
Ahmadinejad warned Monday that he would expose his critics, saying, «They are traitors.»
«If internal elements do not stop pressures concerning the nuclear issue, they will be exposed to the Iranian nation,» Ahmadinejad said in a speech to students at Tehran’s Science and Industry University. «We have made promises to the people and believe anyone giving up over the nuclear issue is a traitor.»
He accused critics of regularly providing «the enemy» with «information from within the ruling system.»
«We even have a recorded speech of one of them who tells the enemy, ‘Why should you give up? … Step up pressures to make them (Iran) retreat,'» Ahmadinejad said, without identifying that person, according to the state television Web site.
The president said one official has already been arrested for espionage and accused his critics of pressuring the courts to acquit him.
«But I announce here that the Iranian nation won’t allow these persons and groups to use political and economic influence to save criminals from the clutches of justice,» he said.
Rafsanjani, who lost to Ahmadinejad in 2005 elections, has emerged as the leader of Iran’s camp of moderate conservatives, many supporters of Ahmadinejad who became disillusioned with his rule. The camp is likely the most worrisome domestic challenge for Ahmadinejad, since — unlike more liberal reformists — they have influence with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Rafsanjani on Monday warned that Iran was facing «serious threats,» appearing at a Tehran conference, with Rowhani and Mousavian sitting next to him. It was Mousavian’s first major public appearance since being released in May.