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Iran Press Review: 04 Nov.

Politics

  • Hojjat al-Eslam Gholam-Ali Mesbahi Moghadam, a member of the Combatant Clergy Association, comments on the possibility of choosing a new Chairman for the Combatant Clergy Association, a clerical group the late Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani led:
    • “Probably in the session next week on Tuesday, the issue of the replacement of the deceased Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani in the Association will be pursued. If this occurs, the election of his replacement will be considered.”
  • Mahmoud Bahmani, the former Governor of Iran’s Central Bank discusses with Fars News Agency selection methods for choosing the next Central Bank Governor.

Foreign Policy

  • Fars News Agency covers in depth the 13th of Aban (November 4th) crowds which turned out to commemorate the anniversary of the storming of the American embassy in Iran in 1979, and to concurrently mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.
  • Mohsen Rezaie, a former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander and current Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, states:
    • “The blood of Imam Hossein boils in the veins of all believers, and many countries on the day of Ashura, whether being Shi’ite or Sunni or of other religions, they mourn for Imam Hossein…and if this spirit and spirituality did not exist, we could not bring down the idolatrous government of the Shah and stand against Saddam, and would not have had 8 years of Holy Defense (the name given to the Iran-Iraq War in Iran).”
    • “Which country has afforded itself the bravery to have a day of resistance against arrogance (a reference to America), and this steadfastness and resistance in the Islamic country of Iran is due to the blood of God and Imam Hossein, which has brought us up to today’s state, and a society that gives love unto Imam Hossein will stand before arrogance.”
    • “Behind the lying face[s] of America and Israel there is a dark [lit. black] face, and the killings in Gaza and Syria were all supported by America, the terrorist groups [like] DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) and the Taliban came into being by them, and if they now have arisen against them, it is the result of their wrong-doings.”
  • Press TV reports: “Iran has strongly condemned a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia on a gathering of Shia worshippers mourning the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Tuesday denounced the assault in al-Ahsa, the largest governorate in Saudi Arabia's restive Eastern Province, which killed five mourners and wounded 30 others on Monday.” 
  • Michael Rubin writes: “Today marks the 35th anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran, an outrage that ultimately lasted 444 days and paralyzed Jimmy Carter’s administration. While the blame for the embassy seizure rests upon the Iranian students answering to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, hindsight also shows that it was an outrage that needed not to have occurred.”
  • Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, a member of Iran’s Guardian Council, proclaimed:
    • “Our people understand correctly, and correctly say slogans, and the slogans of ‘Death to America,’ and death ‘to the Israel of people’ is the text of our religious doctrines.”

Military and Security

  • Mohammad-Reza Naqdi, Basij Force Commander, comments on the anniversary of the storming of the American embassy:
    • “The nation of Iran continues the path of Imam Hossein in resistance and steadfastness, and I hope that one day, with the destruction of the occupying Zionist regime, we can pray in Quds-e Sharif.”
  • A resolution read out by mourners and celebrators of Ashura and the anniversary of the storming of the American embassy in 1979, relates:
    • “The proud and Ashura-like people of Islamic Iran, in addition to taking pride in their revolutionary and inspirational actions in resisting the hegemonic power and international Zionism, know America to be the Great Satan and the number one enemy of the nation of Iran.”
    • “The arrogance-contesting and Ashura-like nation of Iran, knows the terrorist Fitnah [sedition] of ‘DAESH’ to be the continuation of the Fitnah of the Taliban, those begotten of America, the governments which support terrorism, and the strategic mistakes Western intelligence organizations that [seek to] weaken the resistance capabilities of the Islamic world against global arrogance and the Zionist regime…”

Nuclear Issue

  • Mohammad-Reza Naqdi, the Commander of Iran’s Basij Forces, further exclaims:
    • “That which is certain, is that the direction of the negotiations, will not be the direction of compromise, and if we negotiate it is to prove the last word until the truth is clarified.”
  • Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami further proclaimed:
    • “We say that even if the nuclear issue is resolved, we will still say ‘Death to America,’ since this slogan has roots in our beliefs; the Western side is the symbol of arrogance, and the slogan of ‘La Ilaha Illallah,’ is the rejection of arrogance”
  • James Acton writes in The National Interest: “It’s time for America to rethink its strategy for preventing Iran from getting the Bomb. Negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program are foundering on the question of how much enrichment capacity it can be permitted. So far, Tehran has refused to dismantle any of the 19,000 or so centrifuges it has installed. Its negotiating partners, led by the United States, insist that Iran can only be allowed to operate a few thousand at most. There is no clear path to breaking the deadlock.”
  • The New York Times reported that: “Iran has tentatively agreed to ship much of its huge stockpile of uranium to Russia if it reaches a broader nuclear deal with the West, according to officials and diplomats involved in the negotiations, potentially a major breakthrough in talks that have until now been deadlocked. Under the proposed agreement, the Russians would convert the uranium into specialized fuel rods for the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran’s only commercial reactor. Once the uranium is converted into fuel rods, it is extremely difficult to use them to make a nuclear weapon. That could go a long way toward alleviating Western concerns about Iran’s stockpile, though the agreement would not cut off every pathway that Tehran could take to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
  • Fars News Agency responds by reporting: “Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Tuesday strongly rejected a report by the US daily, New York Times, that Iran has agreed to transfer a portion of its enriched uranium to Russia after signing a comprehensive nuclear deal with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany). "Iran rejects all speculations and rumors by some foreign media which take place with specific political intentions," Afkham said in Tehran today.”

Economy & Trade

  • Tasnim News Agency, citing a report from the Turkish Statistical Institute, notes:
    • “Turkey’s Statistical Office reports of 10 billion dollars of trade between Iran and Turkey in the first 9 months of 2014, and it announced that Turkish exports to Iran, in the ninth month of the current year are faced with an increase of 68 percent when compared to same time last year.”
    • “Turkey’s imports from Iran in the first 9 months of 2014 when compared to the same time last year have decreased by more than 6 percent and has reached 7.6 billion dollars.”
    • “Monthly statistics of Iranian-Turkish trade show that in September, Turkey’s exports to Iran witnessed a significant increase of 68 percent. This country in September 2013 exported more than 273 million dollars of goods to Iran [and] in 2014, it has increased its exports to Iran to 459 million dollars.”
    • “However, Turkey’s imports from Iran in this month faced a decrease of 4 percent, and has reached 795 million dollars. Last September, Turkey imported 824 million dollars of goods from Iran.”
  • Gholam-Reza Mesbahi Moghadam, a member of Iran’s Budget and Planning Committee, comments on oil-prices for creating Iran’s budget:
    • “I predict that the government will agree on the price of 80-85 dollars.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iran is planning to double its natural gas production by 2017 even if the western sanctions against the country stay in place, a senior energy official announced on Tuesday. “Over the next three years, our plan is to increase production to 1 billion cubic meters (bcm) per day,” Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamid Reza Araqi said today.”

Human Rights

  • Fox News reports: “The mother of Saeed Abedini, the American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his faith, has fled the Islamic republic and is making her way to the U.S. to await his return with his wife and two sons. Friends of Abedini on Friday helped spirit the anguished mom and two of her other children out of the repressive nation, where she faced daily threats and intimidation for championing her son's case, according to Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed, who has spent more than two years in an Iranian prison after being accused of proselytizing in his homeland. She is now safe in another country and awaiting passage to the U.S., said family members, who did not want to release her name until she was on U.S. soil.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency documents the mourning ceremony of Ashura for Imam Hussein, held at the Shah Abdol-Azim Shrine in Ray. President Hassan Rouhani was in attendance.
  • Fars News Agency further captures photos of Ashura ceremonies in the snow of Dorfak, Gilan.
  • Fars News Agency additionally highlights photos of Mohammad Nazeri, the Commander of the IRGC Navy (IRGC-N) Special Forces partaking in mourning processionals in the south of Tehran.