After entering office in August 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared the 20th day in the month of Farvardin (9th of April) as “National Nuclear Technology day”.
During his 8 years in office, he used this day to declare and celebrate new advancement in Iran’s nuclear program.
For example during the 2008 National Nuclear Technology day celebrations, Ahmadinejad declared that “Iran was ready to install some 6,000 new centrifuges at the nuclear facility in the central province of Natanz”.
This coming National Nuclear Technology day (this Wednesday) will be the first since he left office.
According to the Tehran based “Khabar on line”, this year there won’t be any government officials who will be attending this ceremony, which is scheduled to take place in the city of Esfahan.
The most important official who will attend will be Saeed Jalili, who is the supreme leader’s representative in the Supreme National Security Council. He is not an elected official, nor is he part of the government.
His attendance shows that although this day was celebrated after Ahmadinejad came to office, it is one which the Supreme Leader identifies with and wants to continue.
Therefore there is every chance that despite the report in Khabar online, members of the government end up attending the event.
The conservative press such as 598.ir which is already calling for Iran to walk out of the nuclear talks because of a recent dispute with the EU over the issue of human rights is likely to use this occasion to attack Rouhani.
Iran’s president has many enemies inside the Iranian regime, and they will use every opportunity to attack him. Even though his government has handled the nuclear program with far more expedience in less than one year, than Ahmadinejad’s government did in 8.