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Iran Press Review: 09 Oct


·      Aftab-e Yazd's analysts predict an alliance between Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ali-Akbar Nateq Nouri and Mohammad Khatami for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Foreign Policy

·      Marziyeh Afkham, the Spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry notes that:

o   "We are not in a rush for the resumption of relations with England."

·      Ala al-Din Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s [Majlis] National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, reports on his latest visit to Ecuador and Nicaragua: 

o   "In the course of the past ten years, we have signed thirty memoranda of understanding with Ecuador only one of which, concerning the Red Crescent, has been executed while the rest remain. It is true that we are under the sanctions regime because of the policies of the United States, and we have difficulties accessing the foreign banking network, but this must not be an excuse for not living up to the obligations of the Islamic Republic in the international arena."

·      Professor Ali Farassati of California State University, explains attempts of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to reach out to the Iranian/American community at an event in New York.

Military and Security

·      Ala al-Din Boroujerdi comments on resistance against the DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State):

o   "I am confident that the issue of DAESH will not be solved by sending troops, be it by land or air. Rather, the only way to combat DAESH is to help the governments of Syria and Iraq, the same policy which Iran announced on the first day and has enacted this policy in the region. "

o   "America and the West created DAESH for the sole reason to create unrest in the World of Islam."

o   "Turkey must not be unaware of the movement of the little group DAESH near its border."

·      The Commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Farzad Esmaieli states:

o   Commenting on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: "They created the Taliban in the East of the country, and they armed the Taliban, and when the saw it was against them, they [the U.S.] eliminated them [the Taliban]. And today they have raised DAESH, and the see that what DAESH does is not in the religion of Judaism and not in the religion of Christianity, but only in one religion, the religion of Satan."

o   "An example of the actions of the air defense was the plane of Abdol-Malek Rigi."

o   "If a plane wants to pass over our country without permission we will not let it pass and we will break its legs."

·      Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iran’s Parliament comments on faith and resistance against DAESH:

o   "Shiite thought is rational thought alongside spirituality, and the truth of Islam exists in this feature."

o   On coalition attempts to fight DAESH: "In combatting this guerrilla group [DAESH], bombing is not of import, and because of that Iran does not take the movement seriously [the coalition], but we have plans for combatting terrorism and we will act on it."

·      Esmaeil Ghaani, the Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds-Force (IRGC-QF) links the Iran-Iraq War to the Palestinian resistance, stating:

o   "If today Palestinian soldiers fire missiles toward Israel with might, and makes this regime desperate, it is by the grace of the blood of the martyrs of the Holy Defense (the name given in Iran to the Iran-Iraq War."

·      Terrorists kill three members of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) in Saravan in Sistan va Balouchestan province in Iran’s South-East.

o   Hedayatollah Mir-Moradzehi, a Parliamentarian, provides details on how the terrorists lured the police.

o   Esmaeel Ahmadi-Moqaddam, Law Enforcement Forces Chief says: "Our diplomacy must be more active. It is not acceptable that Pakistan is a safe place for terrorists."

·      The LEF Anti-Riot Force displays the latest generation of its anti-riot vehicles.

·      In spite of strong opposition from the Rouhani cabinet, Iran’s Parliament passes a law legalizing a "parallel morality enforcement force."

Nuclear Issue

·      Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website releases Khamenei's "red lines" with respect to nuclear negotiations:

o   "The scientific nuclear movement must under no circumstance be stopped or even slow down."

o   "Iran's negotiators must stress upon nuclear research and development."

o   "No one has the right to sell out the nuclear achievements and no one will do such a thing."

o   "The negotiators of our country must not accept any injustice from the counterpart."

o   "The IAEA's relations with Iran must be according to the conventions and not extraordinary." 

o   "The authorities should have meetings and negotiations up to the level of the Foreign Ministry."

o   "Preservation of installations like Fordo, which the enemy is not capable of destroying and is ut of the enemy's reach."

o   "Securing the decisive need of the country concerning enrichment capacity amounting to 190,000 SWU."

o   "The needs of the country and some issues such as the sanctions must not be tied to negotiation."

o   "These negotiations are solely about the nuclear issues and nothing else."

o   "As long as the enmity of the Americans and their aggressive statements on Iran continue, there absolutely is no reason to engage [positively] with them." 

·      Reza Najafi, Iran’ Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna notes:

o   "The delegations of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency after two days of negotiations have completed their work."

o   "Steps are being taken [to address] the remaining two cases."

·      Kayhan editorializes:

o   "Ever since the beginning of the latest round of nuclear negotiations with the new government last year, the Americans have consistently repeated the slogan: 'No deal is better than a bad deal.' However, the discourse and policy of the eleventh cabinet [the Rouhani government] has created the picture in the mind of the counterpart that the Iranian team is interested in reaching an agreement at any price... But are we, or the counterpart, truly in need of signing any agreement? Are all the voters and supporters of the eleventh cabinet looking forward to any deal?"

·      Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary, receives Dominique de Villepin, former French Prime Minister:

o   "The West can, by abstaining from making excessive demands and by leaving its delusions, and by respecting the nuclear rights of Iran and removing the illegal sanctions, use a unique opportunity which has been created by the Islamic Republic."

·      Reuters reports: "Talks between the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran this week appear not to have substantively advanced an investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran, potentially dimming chances for a broader deal between the Iranians and big powers. Western officials say Iran must improve cooperation with United Nations nuclear sleuths if it wants to reach a settlement to a protracted dispute with six world powers over the country's nuclear programme and be rid of crippling financial sanctions."

·      Reuters reports: "A U.S. security institute has said it had located via satellite imagery a section of a sprawling Iranian military complex where it said an explosion or fire might have taken place earlier this week. Iran's official IRNA news agency on Monday cited an Iranian defense industry body as saying that two workers were killed in a fire at an explosives factory in an eastern district of Tehran."

·      Reuters reports: "A United Nations atomic agency official recently denied entry into Iran as part of a team investigating suspected bomb research is believed to be an American nuclear weapons expert, diplomatic sources said. The International Atomic Energy Agency last month said Iran denied a visa for one member of an IAEA delegation that visited Tehran on Aug. 31 to try to advance a long-running inquiry into what the U.N. agency calls the possible military dimensions of the country's nuclear program." 


·      Donya-ye Eqtesad newspaper highlights a 2014 World Bank report which says that "Iran, in the index of cross-border trade has accounted for itself the 153 rank, whereas Iran’s rank[ing] in 2007 was 87 and had been in a better position."

·      Donya-ye Eqtesad further reported comments by the head of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Yahya Aleshaq who claims that "the private sector does not have the necessary trust" in entities that were transferred from the public sector to the private.

·      Fars News Agency reports: "Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Valiollah Seif and Iranian Finance and Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia are due to participate in the 2014 annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group in Washington. Seif, heading a high-ranking delegation, is scheduled to hold meetings with senior officials of central banks of member states on issues of mutual interest, banking cooperation and regional developments on the sidelines of the IMF meetings."

·      The Wall Street Journal reported: "The European Union intends to reimpose sanctions on five Iranian companies, including Iran’s National Iranian Tanker Company, and one person who won court cases that struck down the restrictions placed on them, EU officials said. The move is the latest effort to uphold the bloc’s sanctions regime against Iran and Syria after a series of legal defeats in the EU’s top courts over the last 13 months. Most of the Iran sanctions were imposed because of Tehran’s nuclear activities."

Human Rights

·      The website of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights reports: "Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham blasted the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, for giving out an unjust report against Tehran that, she said, has been compiled on the basis of unorthodox methods and not through research. "The report is one-sided and unrealistic and has been compiled without paying attention to the regulations pertaining to the responsibilities of Human Rights Council agents and lacks the necessary legal basis," Afkham told reporters in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday."

Daily Picture(s)

·      Fars News Agency captures photos of Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) at a ceremony at the Shrine of Imam Khomeini "renewing their covenant."

·      Asr Iran highlights Islamic Republic News Agency photos of a Pro-Kurdish protest in Mahabad, Iran, against the Islamic State (IS) attacking Kobani.