Iranians Carry “Death to Israel” Signs as Rouhani Tells Crowd He Supports Dialogue


hassan-rouhani1Chanting “God is Greatest,” Iranian troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying “Death to America” and “Death to Israel,” at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported today.

“We don’t attack any country and don’t want war, but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the crowd, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

Former Iranian Atomic Energy Director: We Hid Information from IAEA

In other news, in an interview with the Iranian daily Khorasan, former Atomic Energy Organization of Iran director Fereydoon Abbasi, who headed the agency under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, revealed that over the years Iran had concealed from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) information on its nuclear program, on its activity at the heavy water reactor in Arak, and on the location and activity of its production workshops.

U.S.: Forfeiture Deal over Iran Assets Sets Record

Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says a federal judge Thursday approved a settlement with 19 holders of terrorism-related judgments against the government of Iran. It includes the sale of a 36-story New York office building and other properties owned by Iran in the largest ever terrorism-related forfeiture.

The settling creditors include families and estates of victims of the 1983 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, the 1996 terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and terrorist attacks in Israel. Besides the Manhattan tower, buildings will be sold in California, Maryland, Texas and Virginia.

{Andy Newscenter}