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Iran Press Review: 07 Nov.

Analysis by FDD

  • Claudia Rosett writes in Forbes: “With the Iran nuclear talks nearing a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal, U.S. chief negotiator Wendy Sherman is under pressure to bring almost a year of bargaining to fruition. While U.S. policy rests ultimately with President Obama, and the most prominent American face in these talks is now that of Secretary of State John Kerry, the hands-on haggling has been the domain of Sherman. On the ground, she has been chief choreographer of the U.S. negotiating team. The President has been pleased enough with her performance to promote her last week from Under Secretary to Acting Deputy Secretary of State.”


  • In his Friday Prayer Sermon in Tehran today, Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami comments on the deceased Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani:
    • “After the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani went wherever the revolution sought his presence. He was an ethical master whose methods were not changed by leadership, and not a speck of porousness was found in him, he was of the Guardianship [Vala-ie] and remained of the Guardianship.”
  • Mehr News Agency claims that based on a report by the Iranian Parliament’s [Majlis] Plan and Budget Committee, an analysis of the Rouhani administration mirrors similar “violations” with respect to subsidy laws as had previously existed.

Foreign Policy

  • Mashregh News runs a headline noting: “The head of Qatar’s Judiciary comes to Iran.”
  • The Wall Street Journal reported: “President Barack Obama secretly wrote to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, according to people briefed on the correspondence. The letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.”

Military and Security

  • Fars News Agency runs quotes from General Martin Dempsey, the (American) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff exclaiming:
    • “Using elements of military power only delays Iran’s nuclear goal and it does not eliminate it.”
    • “That which has made Iran’s nuclear capacity into a problem is not centrifuges nor is it ballistic missiles, rather it is human capital which possesses the necessary expertise to revive this program.”
  • Fars News Agency cities a Financial Times (FT) article which mentions Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds-Force (IRGC-QF) Commander Qassem Soleimani this Friday morning.
  • Resalat-News runs a headline quoting Masooud Jazayeri, the Deputy Armed Forces Chief of Staff Commander, saying: “The coalition against DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) is a lie.”
  • Ayatollah Hosseini Bousheri, the Friday Prayer leader of Qom,proclaims the following about America:
    • “Much like the martyr Motahari stated, that the Shimr of today is Moshe Dayan, the Shimr of today is America.”
  • Commander Ali Fazeli, the Deputy of Iran’s Basij Organization in Zanjan, comments on the “Ila Beit al-Moghadas” exercise of Iran’s Basij forces.

Nuclear Issue

  • Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s interim Friday Prayer leader comments on diplomacy:
    • “The nation of Iran finds its legitimacy in resistance against the 5+1 in the 8 years of Holy Defense (the name in Iran given to the Iran-Iraq War), and has no need for your legitimation.”
    • “Even if the nuclear issue is resolved, the hatred of arrogance [Istikbar – a reference to the United States] will not leave the souls of the people of Iran, and the screams of death to America of the Iranian people is loud.”
  • Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) in Vienna, Reza Najafi, states:
    • “The new report of the Agency once again confirms that all of Iran’s nuclear program, from [its] enrichment activities in Natanz and Fordow to the Heavy Water Research Reactor at Arak, and various installations in Esfahan, Tehran, and Bushehr, are all under monitored by the Agency for peaceful purposes are active and have not deviated.”
    • “Iran has also taken, and continues to take all voluntary actions based on the Geneva Agreement and its extension, and the Agency has endorsed this.”
    • “In any event, the complete report indicates the complete transparency of Iran’s nuclear program, and no hidden things exist, and the artificial worries of some Western countries about Iran’s nuclear program is without foundation or base.”
    • “In reality, we previously implemented the Additional Protocol for roughly three years, and due to the transfer of Iran to the Security Council and its imposition of illegal sanctions, we stopped it, [and] now, if all the sanctions are lifted and the issue is sent back to the Agency, we can look into implementing it again.”
    • “At in event, Iran is committed to continuing work with the Agency to resolve issues between them in the framework of its legal obligations.”     
  • Esmaeil Kowsari, an Iranian Parliamentarian representing Tehran, comments on the substance of nuclear negotiations:
    • “Much like the system has formally said before, in these negotiations, there will only be discussions on the nuclear issue.”
    • “Our negotiating team must be intelligent, and must not allow any other topic other than the nuclear discussion to be brought forth in negotiations.”
  • Additionally, Hojjat al-Eslam Yahya Salehnia, the interim West Tehran Friday Prayer leader, comments on nuclear matters:
    • “The assumption that with a nuclear agreement all of our nuclear problems with the West will be solved, is an incorrect assumption.”
    • “After one year has passed since the Geneva Agreement, not only has the West and America not removed the sanctions, but rather they have added to their cockiness.”
    • “The need of Democrats and Obama for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran had become more apparent now than ever before, and the upcoming nuclear negotiations with in Muscat can be the scene for Iran to gain benefits from the Americans.”
  • Ayatollah Seyyed Yousef Tabatabaienejad, the Friday Prayer and of Esfahan, comments on nuclear diplomacy:
    • “A proper agreement, from the perspective of the Americans, is that whatever they say, we implement, and this action…surpasses Iran’s redlines.”
    • “The whole world knows the possessing of this energy to be Iran’s right, and they themselves use this energy.”
  • Reuters reports: “Iran is failing to address suspicions it may have researched how to build an atomic bomb, a U.N. watchdog's report showed on Friday, potentially complicating efforts by six powers to reach a nuclear deal with Tehran. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran's nuclear program said Tehran had still not provided information about two specific areas of the IAEA's investigation that it was supposed to do more than two months ago.”
  • AP reports: “The U.N. nuclear agency is expected to say Friday that Iran is stalling the agency's attempts to probe allegations that Tehran worked on nuclear weapons. The confidential report from the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency is significant in recording where the investigation stands for the U.S. and five other world powers seeking a nuclear deal with Iran. The U.S. and its allies say no final agreement will be reached until the IAEA issues a ruling saying it's satisfied with its inquiry.”

Economy & Trade

  • Fars News Agency reports: “Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari stressed that his country is resolved to make major investments in the Southern Iranian port of Chabahar in various sectors, including the transit of Indian products to other countries. "New Delhi has set a timeline of 18 months to build a container terminal and a multi-purpose cargo terminal on two berths at Chabahar Port," the Indian shipping minister said on Thursday.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “The exports revenues of Iran's South Pars Gas Complex Company have considerably increased in the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21-September 22), the company's Managing Director Massoud Hassani announced. "The South Pars Gas Complex revenues has hit $989 million by producing more than 1.6 billion cubic meter of gas in the first six months of the current year and exporting the same," Hassani said on Thursday.”

Human Rights

  • Senators Mark Kirk and Marco Rubio write in The Daily Beast: “On October 25, 2014, days after President Obama reportedly sent a secret letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei offering regional security cooperation in return for Tehran’s acceptance of an elusive nuclear deal, Iran hanged Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old woman convicted of stabbing to death a former Iranian intelligence ministry official who was trying to rape her. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declined calls for clemency from the United Nations and international human rights groups, ignoring evidence that Iranian authorities had tortured her to obtain a confession and pressured her to use an inexperienced lawyer. “Tragically, this case is far from uncommon,” Amnesty International’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui lamented.” 
  • Golnaz Esfandiari of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty wrote: “Iranians walking their dogs in public could be sentenced to 74 lashes and a fine of more than $3,500. Their pet dogs could also be confiscated, taken to the zoo, or left in a desert.”
  • The Washington Post reported: “Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran since July without trial, could be released in less than a month, according to a senior Iranian official. Mohammed Javad Larijani, who heads Iran’s human rights council and is a top adviser to the country’s supreme leader, said in an interview Monday with the Euronews television channel that security officials have now filed charges against Rezaian alleging “that he was involved in activities beyond journalism.” Larijani said that meant activity “which breaches the security of the state,” but he offered no specifics.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency captures photos of Friday Prayers in Tehran.