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Iran Press Review: 09 Sept.


  • Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Secretary of the Guardian Council addresses Basij members at Tehran University and urges them to take action against "the sedition and seditionists" noting:
    • "Should the seditionists, the seekers of sedition or supporters of sedition rise to power, you are obliged to take a position in and outside of the university." 
  • Ebrahim Ansarian, the Chief of Staff for Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani denies an allegation that the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts has passed away. Ansarian further claimed that "the condition of Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani is suitable and from last week until now has not changed."
  • Picking up on an older theme, Ayatollah Hossein Nouri-Hamadani proclaimed that "Resistance Economics needs operation and implementation."

Military and Security

  • Stories related to the triangular relationship between Islamic Republic, Islamic State and the United States:
    • Kayhan editorializes:
      • "Is the United States opposed to, or in favor of the Islamic States [IS]? Has IS raised the wrath of the United States by crossing its red lines? Is the United States in favor of the IS in Syria but opposed to it in Iraq? Are the Americans trying to use the IS as a pretext to once more deploy forces to occupy Iraq and control it? Have the United States and Iran reached a common point in their opposition to IS and is cooperation between the two possible...? The fight between the United States and the IS is a theater aiming at hiding the ugly cooperation of the West with terrorism. The truth is that they both pursue a common goal, a shared logic entangling them to each other from Hiroshima to Sinjar in Iraq. The United States of course, is not capable of hiding its real game underneath its theatrics, and the deception of the Americans has not gain prominence in the public opinion." 
    • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council in remarks to Danish Television:
    • "If the United States is truthful, we can cooperate, but should it be deceptive, one can't. Iran is the victim of terrorism more than any other country, and we are more prepared than any other country to work against terrorism. No state has our experience when it comes to the fight against terrorism... In Syria, we fight against the IS, while the United States was supporting them. We are doing our work, and hope the United States and other countries help so the people of Iraq and Syria and Muslims of the region can get rid of the menace of this terrorist group."
    • "It is correct that the 180 degrees change in Washington's view is the result of emergence of a new power in the region called the IS, and for the time being, the United States desires to create the same coalition against IS which it created against Saddam 11 years ago. In other words, Washington is not ready to fight the Salafi/Takfiris [Sunni radicals] alone... Had radical Republicans been in power, the United States military may already have been deployed to Syria and Iraq to fight the IS. However, Obama and his advisers seem more cautious and cleverer than the neocons, who 11 years ago created a hollow coalition the main burden of which in the end landed on the shoulder of the Americans themselves... On the other hand, the White House has since a long time ago extended a hand of friendship towards Iran and expects to persuade Iran to enter the train of war against the mentioned groupling [IS]. In Syria, Iran demonstrated that it is the most serious military power in the region when it comes to serious and all-out war against IS... For now, there is no evidence that the United States is ready to give any concessions [to Iran] in the nuclear issue, in return for Iran's participation in the fight against IS, but this will necessarily happen [giving concessions to Tehran]. The United States can't on the one hand organize a united team against the terrorists with Iran as its forward, but at the same time impose more sanctions on Iran. They are well aware that without regional consensus, the entire weight will be on their shoulders. At most, they can count on the Peshmerga forces of the regional Kurdish government... but the United States also knows that it needs the Arab [Sunni] powers to be in the same front as Iran in the fight against IS, in an attempt to bereave IS of the propaganda opportunity..."
    • Sharq's Sadeq Zibakalam, a noted Tehran University professor analyzes President Obama's statement that "the Arab states know their problem is not simply Iran," in his editorial:
    • Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNCS), receiving the Foreign Minister of Denmark, condemns the past record of support to terrorism "among claimants of the fight against international terrorism." 
  • Minister of Interior Rahmani Fazli says "two to three members of the IS were arrested while attempting to enter the country from Afghanistan and Pakistan."
  • Fars News Agency reports that armed bandits attempted to "overrun" the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s Quds base near Saravan in South-Eastern Iran near Pakistan. The report credits not only the IRGC members on the base but also "indigenous forces, specifically the courageous Balouch Basij forces of the area" in repelling the attack.
  • Tasnim News Agency reports that:
  • "Technicians of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) managed to overhaul two fighter jets. It took experts at Shahid Babaie Air Base in Isfahan some 35000 person-hour work to overhaul an F-14 fighter jet."

Nuclear Issue

  • Dr. Ebrahim Mottaqi, a professor at Tehran University, casts doubt over the November deadline for nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran. 
  • Reuters reported: "Iran is far apart from the six world powers negotiating with it over scaling back its nuclear program, but that gap could be narrowed in talks next week, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Monday. Iran and the powers failed to meet a July 20 target date for an agreement and are due to hold their first negotiating round since then in New York on Sept. 18. The deadline for a deal has been extended to Nov. 24."
  • In the aforementioned interview between Admiral Shamkhani of the SNSC and the Danish Foreign Minister, Admiral Shamkhani exclaimed: "We will not accept excesses in the nuclear negotiations."


  • Kayhan reports that a high ranking Russian trade delegation visits Tehran today. 
  • The Islamic Republic and Kazakhstan sign a trade agreement worth $500 million, as reported by Fars News Agency
  • Fars News Agency further reports that: "South Africa is looking to resume oil imports from Iran and hopes to resolve "sanction issues" that have blocked purchases within the next three months, its deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday."

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency highlights visits to Supreme Leader Khamenei’s hospital bedside by:
    • Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    • Former President and current Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Rafsanjani
    • Commander of the IRGC Major General Jafari
    • Speaker of the Parliament [Majlis] Ali Larijani
  • Islamic Republic News Agency captures images of President Hassan Rouhani on his trip to Kazakhstan, standing next-to President Nursultan Nazarbayez in the Presidential Palace.





Contributor(s): Ali Alfoneh & Behnam Ben Taleblu 

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