Saturday, August 05, 2006

The so-called Reformist whose main concern is Lebanon and Palestine

Iran Press News: translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
The regime-run newspaper SHARGH, conducted an interview with Mullah Ali-Akbar Mohtashami-pour, known as "The Godfather" of Lebanon's Hezbollah and also known as one of the leaders of the defeated and now-marginalized band of Reformists. In this interview Mohtashami-pour roars that his main concern is Palestine and Lebanon.

This newspaper wrote: "Mohtashami-pour is the person who in the past years, as Interior minister of the Khatami cabinet and ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Syria worked long and hard to form the Lebanese branch of Hezbollah; he poured his heart and soul into this task.

Mohtashami-pour at present is the secretary general of the international conference of the Palestinian intifada and his main concern is always Palestine and Lebanon. Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, member of the Assembly of Combatant Clerics has communicated that during the Assembly sessions when we report our activities and his turn comes around, everyone turns and asks Mohtashami-pour about news from Lebanon and Palestine. "

Mullah Mohtashami-pour in this interview confesses that the Islamic Republic does in fact train Hezbollah terrorists in Iran and that the Islamic regime does in fact supply this terrorist organization with advanced weapons, ammunition and long-range missiles. Regarding the training of the Hezbollah forces, he says: "A part of the training that Hezbollah soldiers receive is in Iran and while I was in Lebanon and Syria myself, we were able to organize at least 30 training sessions and each session was consistent of 300 trainees. After that of course things did continue.”

Mohtashami-pour goes on to explain the nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s weaponry support to Hezbollah: "We provide them with everything from Katyushas to micro-seismic missiles that can target the farthest points in Israel. Israel is 27000 square kilometers, of which 12 kilometers in width and 200 kilometers in length. The Islamic Republic made, micro-seismic Zalzal 2 missiles have a 250 kilometer range from anywhere in Palestine which is occupied by Israel; there is no Hezbollah missiles that cannot get there." READ MORE

The reporter asks: “Some believe that the relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hezbollah should not have been made common knowledge and so transparent so that excuses cannot be made.” Mohtashami-pour responds: “Let’s not stand on ceremony, Hezbollah is the spiritual off-spring of the Imam [Khomeini], our illustrious revolution and the Islamic Republic of Iran and has been from the beginning.”
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