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Iran Press Review: 1 Oct.

Analysis by FDD:

  • Clifford May, President of Foundation for Defense of Democracies writes: "In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains. That should distress us because the Islamic Republic, no less than the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL), is committed to waging jihad.  Iran’s 1979 revolution was led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini -- a Persian, Shi’a, Islamist version of Lenin.  His intention: to spark a global uprising against the West."

Diplomacy

  • Jomhouri-ye Eslami attacks the Israeli Prime Minister's United Nations General Assembly address.
  • For the third time since the UNGA, Kayhan's editorial attacks David Cameron over the British Prime Minister's condemnation of the Islamic Republic's support for international terror. Kayhanalso attacks "those with political alzheimer's... who preached improvement of relations with the Old Fox."
    • President Hassan Rouhani's comments on PM Cameron's statements: "The British Prime Minister requested a meeting which we accepted. We discussed three issues. The nuclear issue was good, but we also had some conflicting views. Terrorism and regional instability was discussed. We urged the West to correct its path, and they desired new circumstances and cooperation with Iran. In general, it was a good meeting and good issues were discussed... Naturally, there is never consensus at these meetings, and there are also some conflicting viewpoints, but the Prime Minister's statements were incorrect and unacceptable to which the Foreign Ministry responded."

Military and Security

  • Hassan Nasrallah, Lebanese Hezbollah leader, receives Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Supreme National Security Council secretary:
    • "Hezbollah's priority is to counter the takfiri terrorism [reference to Sunni extremism] and Lebanon's stability."
  • Commander Hossein Nejat, the Directorate Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) exclaims:
    •  "Eight years of the reform cabinet [reference to Mohammad Khatami's presidency] showed that if they remain in power, they would have no interest in the economic problems, infrastructure development projects, industrial, technological or nuclear advances. They were trying to change the regime, and desired to change the religious regime."
    • "The letter of Mr. [Ali-Akbar] Hashemi Rafsanjani to the Leader, which had no greetings, shows that he was aware of some issues, and in the end, his son [Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani] was one of the heads of the sedition. Mr. Mehdi Hashemi is one of those who was planning and was present at the headquarters."
  • Fars News Agency reports: "Iran's Air Defense Force inaugurated an electronic data processing center in the Southeastern city of Kerman on Wednesday in the presence of Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli. General Esmayeeli visited different sections of Shahid Salehi air defense base in Kerman, including the newly built electronic processing complex after the inauguration ceremony."
  • Reuters reports: “A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month. Kenyan anti-terrorism police arrested the two on suspicion of plotting an attack in Kenya as they prepared to board a flight at Nairobi aiport on Sept. 18 bound for Belgium.”

Nuclear Issue

  • The National Post reports: "When Iranian nuclear physicist Ardeshir Hosseinpour was “gassed” to death in 2007, the finger of suspicion was immediately pointed at Israel. Now, his sister claims he was murdered by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRI) because he would not cooperate with its efforts to divert nuclear work from peaceful purposes to building an atomic bomb."
  • Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post writes: "“Desperation” is the most common adjective one hears about the administration’s negotiating posture in the P5+1 talks."
  • The Wall Street Journal reports: "Negotiations on Iran's nuclear program will continue within the next two weeks, a senior Western diplomat said Monday. The format for the next talks isn't yet decided but it could be a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who chairs the six power group that Tehran negotiates with on its nuclear program."

Economy

  • Etemad reports on the expansion of Iran/Russia trade relations, which involves the export of Iran's natural gas to Russia, signing of memoranda of cooperation concerning building of four power plants in Iran, expansion of relations between Iran and the Million Bank, and establishment of direct flights between Tehran and Moscow.
  • Peyman Masoudzadeh, Shipping and Offshore Engineering Association Director, says "Chinese financing has outcompeted the domestic offshore platform [industry]," and urges the authorities to pay more attention to job creation in Iran.
  • Fars News Agency reports: "Exports of gas condensates from Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (PSEEZ) increased by nearly 85 percent in the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21-September 22) compared to the corresponding period last year."
  • Tasnim News Agency reports: "Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described recent sanctions imposed against Tehran as illegal and said that they have caused losses for all countries.“Sanctions, which were recently imposed against Iran in an illegal way, have been detrimental to all (sides),” Rouhani said during a meeting with Seán Barrett, the speaker of Dáil Éireann, the lower house and principal chamber of Irish legislature, in Tehran on Wednesday."

Daily Picture

  • Ali Larijani, Parliamentary Speaker, visits the Sacred Defense Week Book Fair.