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Monday, August 3, 2009
'West sought to prompt color revolution after June vote'
The Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Political Bureau, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, says certain Western states are seeking to turn the ongoing political milieu in Iran to their advantage.
In an exclusive interview with Press TV, he stated that the United States together with some Western countries are leaving no stone unturned to benefit enormously from the current political situation in Iran and kick up a velvet revolution in the country.
""One knows that color revolutions like Georgia's Rose Revolution and Ukraine's Orange Revolution were U.S.-instigated and meant to make states of the former USSR pursue Washington's policies and serve its interests,"" he said.
The Brigadier General added that great significance should be attached to color-coded revolutions as U.S. officials have sought to prompt one in Iran. He said the national security adviser during Bush's first term in office, Condoleezza Rice, once commented that all of Washington's efforts to deal blows to the Islamic Republic, to isolate or even overthrow it have fallen flat.
The commander said that once appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State, Rice introduced a bill that aimed to support those opposing the current Iranian government.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Javani noted that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is not a political party and therefore has not endorsed a certain candidate either before or after the June 12 presidential elections.
He added that the accusations of vote fraud were instigated by foreign media and governments before June 12 in a bid to lay the groundwork for a color revolution in Iran.
The head of the IRGC political bureau concluded that all elections in the last 30 years have been 'fair and free' as Iran's election procedure by no means allows vote-rigging.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected with almost two-thirds of the nearly 40 million votes. The result was approved by the Guardian Council, the electoral watchdog.
Former prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi, one of the public symbols of the opposition, claims that the June 12 vote was stolen from him in a widespread fraud. He and his supporters, as well as former candidate Mehdi Karroubi, demand a re-run of the vote.
(Source: Press TV)