Tidligere president Mohammad Khatami har sagt offentlig at eksport av terror strider mot den iranske revolusjonens verdier. Samtidig er en irakisk delegasjon i landet og ber Iran stanse innblandingen i deres land.
Uttalelsen fra Khatami kommer meget ubeleilig for ledelsen og kan tyde på maktkamp.
Engineering violence in other countries would be contrary to the goals of the 1979 Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khatami said.
«What did Imam (Khomeini) want and what did he mean by ‘exporting the revolution’? Taking up arms and causing explosions in other countries and establishing groups to carry out sabotage in other countries? Imam was strongly opposed to these behaviors,» Khatami told students in northern Iran on Friday.
«This is the biggest treason to Islam and the revolution.»
Khatami’s remarks were published by the daily Kargozaran Saturday and also posted on the Web site of a pro-democracy foundation he heads.
Iraqi and U.S. officials accuse Iran of arming and training Shiite militias in Iraq but Tehran denies it. Senior Shiite Iraqi politicians are in Iran to confront authorities with evidence of Iran’s involvement.
On Thursday, the Iraqi delegates met with Gen. Ghassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, an elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps that has been accused of training and funneling weapons to Shiite extremists in Iraq.
The Guards chief is appointed by Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Guards’ commanders have openly supported the country’s hard-line leaders.