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Iran Press Review: 10 Oct.

Politics

  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei went hiking in the hills near Tehran this morning. The Islamic Republic News Agency reports some of Khamenei’s statements:
    • “After the surgery, this is the first time I have successfully gone hiking. This was a recommendation that the doctors made. They told me it would be good to go to the mountains and it is beneficial for the body and is beneficial to go to the mountains in the recovery period.”

Foreign Policy

  • The Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGC-N) Ali Fadavi comments on Iran’s hostility with the U.S.:
    • “The enmity of the Islamic Revolution with America is the nature of truth and falsehood, and because the Americans are in camp of falsehood, they cannot deal with the camp of truth.”
  • Tasnim News Agency reports: “Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs underlined Tehran’s support for Syria’s legitimate president and said Iran would take necessary moves within the framework of international laws to defend its allies. “Iran will not allow terrorists to overthrow Bashar al-Assad,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Thursday, reiterating Tehran’s support for its allies in the axis of resistance.”

Military and Security

  • Sepah News relates portions of a declaration by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).
  • Vice-Commodore Ali Gholamzadeh the head of Iran’s Self-Sufficiency Jihad for the Naval Forces of the Artesh [National Army] notes:
    • “The Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization in the Armed Forces was created in the year 1362.”
    • “Before the Revolution we had dependencies on foreigners for training and equipment.”
    • “During the time of the Imposed War (another name in Iran for the Iran-Iraq War) we supported and escorted 10 thousand ships by using false targets.”
    • “At present, we are in a state of moving from producing military goods to commercializing our products.”
    • “At present, missile boats and destroyers reached mass production domestically which all relied on [our] domestic capabilities.”
    • “At present, we are seeking to compete in global markets.”
  • Fars News Agency runs a headline citing the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper saying: “Iran announced its readiness to send missiles and military equipment to the Army of Lebanon.”
  • Ali Fadavi, the aforementioned IRGC-N Commander continuedhis observations on America, Iran, and DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State):
    • Commenting on American attempts to combat DAESH: “This process that America has adopted is so comical that they don’t even believe it.”
    • “The method that has been established in Syria and Iraq with thought of the Islamic Revolution and the thought of the Basij against all of DAESH’s atrocities is resistance and it will eliminate them.”
  • Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda the Friday Prayer leader for the city of Mashhad exclaims in his sermon:
    • “The goals of America and Israel…is to militarily occupy Syria and Iraq and in the end to have Iran enter the field to defend those two countries, and they with the influence of DAESH on our country’s border, threaten our security.”
    • “They have the objective to make themselves close to the Turkish border, then Turkey, with the excuse of defending its country and border will militarily intervene while they will have nothing to do with DAESH.”
  • In Tehran, Hojjat al-Eslam Kazem Sedighi led Friday prayerscomments on U.S. led efforts to contest DAESH:
    • “The coalition of America and several Arab countries that on the cover is created to combat terrorism is an obvious and clumsy deception.”
    • “This is not a movement against DAESH but rather [it is against] Syria and Iraq and all the nations of the world know this issue.”
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Shirazi, the Representative of the Supreme Leader in the IRGC Quds-Force (IRGC-QF) notes:
    • “Our enemies have reached the realization that the words of the Supreme Leader are always attained because the Supreme Leader said two years ago that DAESH would be grabbing at their skirts and they have discovered this and realized that this event will occur.”
    • “Therefore because America knows it is near the day of its decline, to extend its life, it engages in such actions, but such measures are in vain.”

Nuclear Issue

  • Abbas Eraqchi, a senior member of Iran’s nuclear negotiation team states:
    • “Tuesday and Wednesday of next week negotiations about Iran’s nuclear file will resume in Vienna.”
    • “These negotiations will happen with respect to issues like sanctions, how to remove sanctions, and enrichment which we hope is the path to resolve issues between Iran and the P5+1.”
    • “The possibility for anything, including renewing negotiations exists.”
  • Reuters reports: “Talks over Iran's nuclear program might be extended if disagreement over remaining issues cannot be resolved by a November deadline, Iran's top negotiator was quoted as saying on Friday, in the first hint an extension was being contemplated. "Iran and the P5+1 (major world powers) are very serious on resolving the remaining disputes until November ... but everything including an extension is possible if we cannot reach an agreement," Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.”

Economy

  • Bloomberg reports: “Iran will sell its oil to Asia in November at the biggest discount in almost six years, matching cuts by Saudi Arabia as global crude benchmarks slide deeper into a bear market.State-run National Iranian Oil Co. cut official selling prices of its crude to buyers in Asia for November, two people with knowledge of the pricing decision said yesterday. The decrease came a week after Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, reduced the price of Arab Light crude for Asia to the lowest since December 2008. Brent crude, the international benchmark, fell to the lowest in almost four years today.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iran Mercantile Exchange (IME) announced that over $278mln of various commodities weighting over 329,000 tons were traded in its trading and exports halls last week (October 3-9). 114,000 tons of metal and mineral products with the total value of $84mln were traded in the domestic and export trading halls of the IME in last week.”
  • Tasnim News Agency reports: “Iran’s oil minister on Thursday said the country will develop all its share in the joint oilfields with Iraq. Speaking during a visit to Cheshme Khosh Oil Company in Dehloran, Ilam province, near the border with Iraq, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Iran is actively working in all the oil fields it shares with Iraq and will extract its entire share of oil in these joint fields.”

Human Rights

  • The Toronto Star reports: “The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday the estate of Zahra Kazemi cannot sue the government of Iran in Canadian courts in a bid to seek redress for her 2003 death after the Montreal photojournalist was allegedly raped and tortured by Iranian jailors. In a 6-1 ruling, the high court said Canada’s State Immunity Act bars her estate from suing for damages on Canadian soil.”
  • The latest book by Ramin Jahanbegloo (a formerly jailed Iranian philosopher) is reviewed in the The National Post.

Daily Picture(s)

  • Islamic Republic News Agency highlights photos from today’s Friday Prayers in Tehran, led by Hojjat al-Eslam Kazem Sedighi
  • Fars News Agency displays photos from yesterday’s “turban placing ceremony” for religious students of the Imam Khomeini Institute.
  • Islamic Republic News Agency provided photos from a polo-tournament dubbed the “Velayat cup.”