Iran's intel minister nominee says to fight 'soft war of enemies'

Iran's nominated Intelligence Minister Moslehi said he would bring a new approach to national security.

Iran's intel minister nominee says to fight 'soft war of enemies'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposed new intelligence minister pledged to confront "the enemies' soft war" as he outlined his planned policies during a heated debate in parliament on Monday.

Nominated Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said he would bring a new approach to national security, as he addressed parliament ahead of a confidence vote on Ahmadinejad's new cabinet scheduled for Wednesday.

One planned strategy would be "to improve the intelligence capacity to confront the enemies' soft war," said Moslehi, a former official in the elite Revolutionary Guards of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He did not elaborate.

Parliament must approve Ahmadinejad's 21-member cabinet and some deputies have criticised the president for nominating several ministers without relevant experience in their fields, including Moslehi and others.

Jamshid Ansari, a deputy who criticised Moslehi's nomination, said the Intelligence Ministry should "not be affiliated to one branch of power, just implementing the president's instructions".

"Mr Moslehi does not have a minimum of experience of intelligence work and therefore his presence in this complicated system would not be fruitful," Ansari told parliament.

Analysts believe parliament will eventually approve the cabinet.

Iranian officials often accuse the United States and other Western countries of seeking to topple the Islamic Republic through a "soft" or "velvet revolution" with the help of intellectuals and others inside the country.

Iran's parliament began a three-day session on Sunday to debate and vote on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposed new cabinet following his disputed re-election in June.

Iran's parliament has 290 lawmakers. Parliament is expected to deliver its verdict on the proposed ministers on Wednesday after three days of debate.

The president's cabinet has 21-members. Ahmadinejad's proposed cabinet line-up includes three women, for the posts of education, health and social welfare. They would be the first female ministers in the Islamic Republic.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2009, 16:17