Rare TV interview with #Iran Defence Minister

Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan (pictued right) rarely gives interviews to foreign journalists.

However, when he was in Moscow last month, he gave a 25 minute interview to Russia Today.

General Dehghan is a former IRGC man. In fact he was an IRGC commander based in Beirut in 1983, the same year that the US marine barracks was attacked in Beirut and 241 people were killed. Some have linked him to this attack.

This is a worthwhile interview to watch, especially if you are interested in Iran – Russia relations.

#Iran – #Russia energy deals no threat to nuke talks

Israel and the United States do not have much cause for concern about reports of two multi-billion dollar deals being negotiated between Iran and Russia.

Neither deal is likely to increase Iran’s leverage so it could ignore the nuclear negotiations. Nor is it likely that the deals will boost Iran’s leverage at the talks.