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Iran Press Review: 06 Nov.

Foreign Policy

  • Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Deputy for Arab and African Affairs in Iran’s Foreign Ministry, comments on aid to Syria and regional issues:
    • “That which was said by the tongue of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria, especially as it pertains to the strategic relations Tehran and Damascus, was accurate.”
    • “If it wasn’t for the leadership and steadfastness of Bashar Assad, and the resistance of the people of Syria against the expensive conspiracy and Takfiri terrorists, the world would witness the rule of terrorists in Damascus.”
    • “Tehran and Moscow, accompanied with some countries continue their support of Syria.”
  • Abdullah Rostamian, a member of Parliament, comments on Saudi-Shi’ite relations:
    • “The suppression of Shi’ites and killing of the mourners of Imam Hossein cannot bring peace to [Saudi] Arabia.”

Military and Security

  • Fars News Agency reports that the Germany state of Bayern claims to discovered an Iranian cyber-attack “on research centers and numerous German and international companies.”
  • Mehdi Mahdavinejad, the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) Ali Ibn Abi-Talib unit in Qom, comments on the Ashura uprising of Imam Hossein and “lessons” to Iran.
  • President Hassan Rouhani meets with family members of the martyr’s Hassan and Ali Tehrani Moghaddam, and discusses their legacy:
    • “The actions of the martyr Hassan Tehran Moghaddam were very strategic, vital, and influential in the destiny of our country.”
    • “This martyr, in addition to his specialties, was a rare individual that his valuable services to the country were influential at a crucial time.”
  • Seyyed Hassan Firoozabadi, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff wrote an open-letter to Ezzatollah Zarghami, the Director of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, in honor of programs aired during “Holy Defense week.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “The drug combat squads of Iran's Law Enforcement Police have seized over two tons of illicit drugs in an operation in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, a senior border guards commander announced. Some 1,810 kg of opium and 428 kg of Hashish were confiscated by the anti-drug squads in Sistan and Balouchestan province, Iranian Border Guards Deputy Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Garavand said.”
  • Tasnim News Agency reports on Basij military exercises which begin today.
  • Al Arabiya reported: “Iran is working to unite Shiite foreign militias fighting in Syria under one organization that could serve as a “parallel army” to that of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, pro-opposition news website Siraj Press reported on Wednesday. The new organization, described as similar to the highly organized and well-armed Lebanese Hezbollah group, would bring together Afghan and Iraqi mercenaries under one military command.”

Nuclear Issue

  • Mansour Haghighatpour, the Vice-Chairman of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in the Parliament, notes:
    • “Our enriched uranium is the Ashura-like will and steadfastness of this nation, which never allows the enemy the slightest aggression and audacity.”
  • Mohammad-Reza Mohseni Sani, the Chairman of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in the Parliament, states:
    • “This issue of the law is of the rights of the nation of Iran, and no person can distance a country from its inalienable rights.”
    • “We have never negotiated with anyone nor will we agree with anyone over our inalienable rights, and in these types of issues we have no jokes with anybody.”
    • “Our conditions in the agreement are clear, and our negotiating team go forth on these conditions in the negotiations.”
  • Kamal Kharrazi, a former Foreign Minister, comments on the nuclear negotiations and says:
    • “In any event, negotiations are subordinate to how much the rights of our nation are provided for, and our rights are clear.”
    • “Our negotiators negotiate in this framework with the support of the nation and of the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, and we must be hopeful as to where these negotiations are heading.”
    • “It cannot be assured that the opposing side will comply with our rights, because it has always been like this, that rights must be taken, not to expect them to be handed over.”
    • “That Americans and Westerners are prepared to enter negotiations seriously with Iran, indicates the great role of Iran in the region.”
  • Safar Naeimi, a member of Iran’s Parliament, states:
    • “The negotiating team is only allowed to discuss nuclear issues, and the Americans must know that the issue human rights has not been included in the framework of nuclear discussions.”
    • “In this light, the comments of the Spokesperson of the American State Department are excessive, and they are looking to create excuses and obstructions.”
    • “However, in nuclear issue, more than 90 percent of the issues have been resolved, and the remaining cases are about the numbers of centrifuges and how to remove sanctions.”
  • Kayhan's editorial analyzes the impact of the midterm elections on the nuclear negotiations with Iran:
    • “In the field of foreign policy, there is no fundamental or remarkable difference between the two parties... enmity against the Islamic Republic is the only issue about which they don't disagree... The degree of opposition to the Islamic Republic is one of the parameters for receiving financial support in American elections...”
    • “Obama is like a gambler who has lost everything and is sending his representatives to the negotiation table with empty pockets. The one with the empty pockets would feel free to bluff more! Most probably, the White House envoy would urge the Iranian team to reach a nuclear agreement very fast, claiming if it is not reached, Congress would enter the arena armed with the stick of threat and sanctions...”
  • Javid Qorban-Oghli, an Etemad columnist, writes:
    • “In spite of the obstacles ahead of him, concerning conflicts with the House and the Senate, Obama seems to be determined to reach an agreement with Iran. Here, Iran has once more become a key player in domestic American politics. Reaching an agreement on November 24th would be a great achievement for the ruling Democratic Party and Obama personally... Whatever happens, Iran will be the winner of an understanding [between the two states].”
  • An editorial in Jomhouri-ye Eslami believes that the negotiations in Oman are likely to be “better” than previous rounds of negotiations. 
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian and Russian officials in a meeting in Moscow discussed the latest developments in the nuclear talks between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the Us, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany). The meeting was held between Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanayee and Russia's senior nuclear negotiator Sergei Ryabkov on Wednesday.”
  • The Washington Post reported: “Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday said it would be more difficult to reach a deal with Iran curbing its ability to build nuclear weapons if negotiations extend beyond a Nov. 24 deadline. “I want to get this done,” Kerry said during a series of meetings in which the Iranian negotiations figured prominently. “And we are driving toward the finish with a view of trying to get it done.”

Economy & Trade

  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht underlined that the country plans to adopt special measures to prevent any impact of oil price falls on Iranian economy. Nobakht said that the Islamic Republic will make economic plans according to the new oil prices to avoid potential economic setbacks, explaining that Iran had based its budget for the current Iranian year (started March 21) on assumptions that the price for each barrel of oil would be 100 dollars.”
    • Resalat News cites statements from Baqer Nobakht, saying:
      • “The decrease in the price of oil will not result in a budget deficit.”
  • Islamic Republic News Agency runs a headline reading: “A fueling ban on Turkish trucks in the end of the month of Aban.”
    • Mohammad-Javad Attarchian, a Director General for Transit of Iran’s Road Maintence and Transpiration Organization reported the impending halt.
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iran's non-oil exports in the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2014-September 22, 2014) increased 18 percent compared with the corresponding period in the last year. The Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade announced that the country’s total non-oil exports, including goods, services and gas condensates, in the six months amounted to $28.178 billion, showing an 18-percent growth year-on-year which was $23.87 billion.”
  • Reuters reports: “Commerzbank on Thursday warned shareholders it may face considerable fines from U.S. authorities as a result of investigations into alleged embargo breaches with countries like Iran, Sudan and North Korea.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency highlights photos from Iran’s posters sequence entitled, “Know the Shimr of your era.” The posters, which are in both Persian and Arabic, display Shimr, a general of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid, who had summoned an army against Hossein bin Ali (Imam Hossein), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and martyred him near Karbala, Iraq. The posters show Shimr alongside members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and what appears to be the U.S. Army.