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Congress launches probe into Iranian nuclear negotiator at military symposium

A spokesman for the U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium defended Seyed Hussein Mousavian’s appearance as providing “an opposing viewpoint.”

Seyed Hussein Mousavian discusses “Nuclear Iran: Negotiating a Way Out,” on Feb. 4, 2013. Credit: Chatham House via Wikimedia Commons.
Seyed Hussein Mousavian discusses “Nuclear Iran: Negotiating a Way Out,” on Feb. 4, 2013. Credit: Chatham House via Wikimedia Commons.

An operative for the world’s top sponsor of terrorism lectured U.S. military leaders and politicians at a high-level conference last month, provoking representatives to demand answers about who approved such a speech.

Seyed Hussein Mousavian previously worked on Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, recently shifting to a position at Princeton University as a Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist.

This year’s U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence Symposium took place from Aug. 16-17 in Omaha, Neb., where Mousavian spoke, in what a department spokesman defended as providing “insight into an opposing viewpoint.”

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alaska), leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chair of the House Armed Services Committee, respectively, have launched a probe to learn who in Strategic Command approved Mousavian’s participation.

They stated: “Providing Mousavian with an officially sanctioned U.S. Government platform for spreading historical falsehoods and Iranian regime propaganda is profoundly ill-advised.”

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