The Commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps told an Iranian news agency that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani should have deferred speaking to President Barack Obama until after the U.S. administration showed its "sincerity" by eliminating the sanctions put in place to keep his nation from pursuing its nuclear program.
In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office on Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting with a group of IRGC commanders. (AP)
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari told the Tasnim news agency in Tehran on Monday that the "the White House should lift sanctions against the Iranian nation, release Iran's frozen assets, drop hostility and plots against the Iranian nation and admit its right to peaceful nuclear technology to restore Iran's confidence."
Jafari's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, however, has allegedly been behind numerous successful and attempted attacks on U.S. and Israeli interests throughout the world.
One of the most recent was the 2011 attempted assassination of the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States. The Qods Force, the group's elite special forces, are also believed to be the main financiers to the terrorist organization Hezbollah, supporting the group with weapons, training and planning attacks along side them through a proxy war against the west, according to numerous U.S. counterintelligence officials and specialists in Iranian policy.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Iran's Presidential Advisor Mohammad Reza Sadeq told Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency that Rouhani never used the word "Holocaust" in last week's interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
"Mr. Rouhani did not at all used the word Holocaust even a single time all throughout his five day visit to New York that he was posed to the reporters questions and when they talked about the incidents in the World War II," Sadeq said. "Mr. Rouhani never used the word Holocaust."
Sadeq said the debacle over the Holocaust took the spotlight after CNN aired Amanpour's interview with the Iranian president, during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He said it was full of not just "mistranslations, but fabrication and falsification of the president's remarks about the Holocaust."
The news agency insists that Rouhani does not recognize the Holocaust, but CNN is sticking by its translation of the story.
Later, several reputable media organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, approved of Fars' claims and criticized CNN.
Fars asked CNN to correct the translation, air it again and extend an apology, but the American network has refused to do so.