Khamenei vows that Iran will prosecute anyone who has committed crimes such as rape and torture in the aftermath of the election unrest; Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator says Tehran has a new nuclear proposal
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  • In the wake of allegations that detainees in the aftermath of the election unrest were raped and tortured, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed that Iran will prosecute anyone who has committed such crimes. Reports noted that Khamenei appeared to have softened his stance on the issue. He had recently stated that he was not convinced that foreigners were behind the demonstrations1.

    Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili stated that Tehran had put together a new nuclear proposal and that it was ready to resume talks with world powers on its nuclear programme. US President Obama had given Iran until September to take up the offer of talks2.

    Iran’s parliament meanwhile approved 18 out of the 21 nominees in the cabinet proposed by President Ahmadinejad that includes the country’s first woman minister as well as Mr. Vahidi, a man wanted in connection with the bombing on a Jewish cultural centre in Argentina. The candidates who failed to secure the required majority of votes were two other women nominees and Ahmadinejad’s pick for energy minister. The Argentine Jewish community representative Julio Schlosser, commenting on Mr. Vahidi’s appointment, stated that Mr. Ahmadinejad and Iran were “rewarding a person accused of committing one of the most horrendous attacks ever experienced in Argentina.” The US on its part stated that Vahidi’s appointment was a “step backward” for US-led efforts to end Iran’s international isolation3.