Brian Binley is the Member of Parliament for Northampton South and President of International Parliamentary Campaign in Defence of Ashraf
Many in the western press and beyond have praised the recently-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate, suggesting he will make life better for his people and extend an olive branch to the rest of the world. So let’s look at his record.
Rouhani has been a high-ranking official of the regime throughout the last three decades, mainly working in the realms of intelligence and national security. Consequently, he has been involved in, and has supported, the regime’s policies and actions, including the murderous suppression of the opposition and the regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
He was the national security advisor to the then president when the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) blew up Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and murdered 19 American servicemen in 1996. In the medieval theocracy that is modern day Iran, anyone who even wishes to seek high office must first be cleared by those who really run the country, namely the Mullahs and in particular their Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Hassan Rouhani was vetted and approved by Khamenei’s Guardian Council for June's election as one who has proven his complete allegiance to the absolute rule of the Supreme Leader both in theory and practice. We know that he was the supervisor and defender of the Iranian atomic energy weapons programme, and was actively engaged in buying time to develop it whilst keeping it hidden from the prying eyes of Western surveillance.
As the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNCSC), he was intimately familiar with the secret construction of Iran's illicit nuclear facilities in Arak, Natanz and Shian Lavizan in Tehran, which remained clandestine until exposed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in 2002. In 2003, Rouhani became Iran's lead nuclear negotiator and he has boasted of duping the West whilst continuing the drive to obtain nuclear weapons as expeditiously as possible.