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Iran Press Review: 05 Dec.


  • During Friday Prayers in Tehran today, Hojjat al-Eslam Kazem Sedighi praised the role of university students in the modern political history of Iran. He further added:
    • “Our university students must know the true enemies of humanity.”
    • “Some would prefer that universities become clubs for political parties whereas this issue is far from the logic, reality, and pure goals of the martyrs.”

Foreign Policy

  • Ali Larijani, the current Speaker of Iran’s Parliament [Majlis],comments on relations between Iran and Pakistan after his trip to Iran’s South-Eastern neighbor:
    • “The perspective of Iran and Pakistan is the same on many issues and has areas of shared cooperation. In my meetings, my takeaway was that Iran and Pakistan, as two important countries have taken up important responsibilities for the creation of stability and security in the region.”
  • Major General Seyyed Hassan Firoozabadi, Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, proclaims:
    • “The interest of the American people precedes the interest of Zionists. This statement, that the Americans know themselves to be responsible for the security of the occupying, genocidal, and child-killing Zionist regime is a strategic mistake.”
  • Tasnim News Agency covers numerous international developments including the possibility of Ashton Carterbecoming the next Secretary of Defense, NYPD reactions to protests in New York, and issues plaguing Netanyahu’s cabinet “and the aftershocks of Gaza.” 
  • Time reports: “The Twitter account generally accepted to represent the views of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei, tweets on a variety of subjects. Sometimes it attacks Israel, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and, often, the United States. At other times it details domestic meetings and events and on one occasion it exhorted boys and girls to play sports. But in the last two weeks a new subject has dominated the timeline of @khamenei_ir: #ferguson.”

Military & Security

  • Mehrdad Bazrpas, a Parliamentary representative from Tehran,exclaims:
    • “Our national security increased when Tehrani-Moghaddam reviewed ‘Tel-Aviv hitting’ missiles; our national security increased when our youth, like Ahmadi-Roshani, with sincere support, surpassed the greatest nuclear achievements. Higher than all, our national security increased at a time when the old travelled man said ‘America cannot do a damn thing.’”
  • Hamid-Reza Moghadamfar, a media advisor to the Commander in Chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),comments on the printing of photos of Qassem Suleimani, the IRGC-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) Chief:
    • “The mission and presence Haj Qassem Suleimani in Iraq, which these days with the publishing of his picture is highlighted, is as a proficient and experienced advisor in the war with terrorist groups and Zionists, such as DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State).”
    • “By mass-publishing and greatly addressing the pictures of Commander Suleimani with terms and expressions and with differing diction, Western outlets…seek to reduce this divine myth and merciful guardian [Pasdar] of Islam and the Islamic Revolution into the level of a superstar similar to the superstars of Western action movies.”
    • “Commander Suleimani is an offspring…of the doctrine of Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei.”
  • The Deputy Commander of Iran’s IRGC-QF, Esmael Qa’ani, comments on Iraqi security:
    • “The security of Iraq for the holding of the Arba’een (a Shi’ite holiday following 40 days past Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein) ceremony has been provided for.”
    • “Far-reaching plans are being enacted in Iraq to possibly combat DAESH and God-willing, no issues will arise in this area.”
  • The Deputy Commander in Chief of the IRGC, Hossein Salami, notes:
    • “Today there is not a single piece of land which has the ability to threaten the Islamic Revolution, and no power has risen against it.”
    • “Our enemies have clashed with two important issues of the Revolution. The first point is that the Islamic Republic of Iran was turned into a successful model and they tried to show the Islamic Republic as militarily weak, backward, inefficient and lacking.”
    • “Our defense power has created the best potential and support-system for our diplomacy and this is a truth.”
  • Habibollah Sayyari, the Commander of the Artesh (national Army) naval forces, relates:  
    • “We have had nearly 160 incidents of conflict with pirates, and the security of that region is completely in the hands of Iran, and that has caused the world to count on Iran’s naval forces.”
    • “Today, the naval forces are completely prepared to confront any threat against Iran with the support of the people, the grace of the blood of the martyrs and the prudence of the Supreme Leader, and they will give a hard lesson to the enemy."

Nuclear Issue

  • Ali Larijani states:
    • “The direction of Iran’s nuclear technology is different from other countries, and we are not after nuclear weapons, but rather we are after nuclear knowledge; it is due to this reason that we accepted the NPT, and we respect its opinions, therefore this is a model for following the nuclear issue.”
    • “Extending the negotiations has a clear reason; they have made noise that Iran is after nuclear weapons and then they went for sanctions, but presently, they have found out that Iran has not produced weapons, but if an agreement quickly occurs, they will be faced with questions from public opinion as to why they sanctioned [Iran]?”
  • Mehrdad Bazrpas further notes:
    • “That which for Iran and Iranians creates respect, is respecting the nation of Iran’s possessions in negotiations, and respecting the knowledge of our youth in nuclear negotiations.”
  • Reactions to AIPAC’s call for further sanctions against the Islamic Republic:
    • Mohammad Bayatian, Parliamentarian: “Should the Congress not remain faithful to the JPOA, the Iranian parliament will retaliate. For example, it will oblige the government to continue 20% enrichment, and continuation of peaceful nuclear negotiations.”
    • Amir-Hossein Qazizadeh Hashemi, Parliamentarian: “What AIPAC demands from Iran is a Camp David [Peace Accord]. In the course of the past year that Iran began negotiating with the Americans, the word Israel would always be uttered from their mouth. Now the situation has deteriorated and Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates too have been added to this issue, meaning that not only the interests of Israel, but also the interests of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates must be secured. You saw their role in disrupting the Vienna negotiations.”
  • Trend reports: “Catherine Ashton will stay on as the European Union’s adviser on the talks between the P5+1 group of international mediators /the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany/ and Iran on the latter’s nuclear programme, the European Union said on Friday, TASS reported. “To ensure the continuity of negotiations, which require full-time dedication, Catherine Ashton will facilitate the talks,” the European Union said in statement.”
  • Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross and Ray Takeyh wrote in The Washington Post: “After a decade of patient negotiations with Iran over its contested nuclear program, the prospects of the United States and other world powers securing a final deal are not good. The wheels of diplomacy will grind on and an extension of the talks should be granted. But it is time to acknowledge that the policy of engagement has been predicated on a series of assumptions that, although logical, have proven largely incorrect. As Washington assesses its next moves, it would be wise to reconsider the judgments that have underwritten its approach to one of its most elusive adversaries.”

Economy & Trade

  • Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, a representative from Tehran in the Parliament and its former Speaker, comments on “resistance economics,” saying:
    • “The message of Modaress (Ayatollah Seyyid Hassan Modaress) to us is this, to neutralize the sanctions through resistance economics.”
  • Ali Larijani comments on the Iran-Pakistan pipeline idea after his trip to Pakistan, noting:
    • “The transfer of gas to Pakistan is not under the shadow of sanctions.”
  • Resalat-News reports in a headline: “The second platform of phase 12 of South Pars was launched.”
  • Mohammad Nahavandian, the Chief of Staff of the President, states:
    • “Foreign shocks cannot threaten the current of our economy.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Islamic Republic News Agency displays pictures of Friday Prayers in Tehran today, led by Hojjat al-Eslam Kazem Sedighi.