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Iran Press Review: 10 Sept.

Politics

  • Ali-Reza Bigdeli, Iran’s Ambassador to Ankara, discusses the case of Zarrab, an Iranian/Azeri merchant, who is accused of both bypassing the international sanctions regime against the Islamic Republic, and economic corruption. 
  • Former President Ahmadinejad dodged numerous questions from the press as it pertained to former members of his government. Fars News Agency reports one of his responses: "God-willing [Inshallah] God will keep all of you and your families healthy."

Foreign Policy

  • Ali Mousavi Khalkhali, an analyst with Etemad newspaper,comments on the new Iraqi cabinet:
    • "The Iraqi prime minister himself... is among prominent leaders of the Islamic al-Dawa party, which enjoys Iran's support and spent its formative years in Iran and continued its operations in Iran until the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime... For the time being, Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi is the spiritual leader of this party who is among its founding fathers... Foreign Minister Dr. Ebrahim Jafari... until recently lived in Tehran in Iran, and enjoyed Iran's support in spite of his differences with Nouri al-Maleki... The gentlemen Adel Abd al-Mahdi, the oil minister, Bayan Jabr al-Zubaidi, transport minister, and Abd al-Hussein Abtan, minister of sport and youth, are all three... close to Iran who either lived in Iran before, fought against the Ba'ath regime with Iran's help, or constantly traveled to Iran..." 
  • Martyr [Shahid] Shirazi Foundation Research Center publishesa book on statements of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei with respect to the slogan, "Death to America." 
  • Fars News Agency ran a headline pertaining to President Rouhani’s trip to Tajikistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit: "The signing of 10 documents of cooperation in the meeting between the presidents of Iran and Tajikistan + pictures."
  • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president of Iran and current Chairman of the Expediency and Discernment Council comments on the status of the global Muslim community:
  • "Unfortunately, Islamic countries have never unified, and (in order to do this) we must think of something practical until we can place our God-given power that has been divided between 60 Islamic countries in the path of the interests of these countries."

Military and Security

  • Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Spokesperson Ramezan Sharif comments on the attack on an IRGC base yesterday in Iran’s South-Eastern city of Saravan:
    • "With the cleverness of the forces stationed at the border base comprised of IRGC members and urban Basij of the region, the terrorist attack failed." 
    • "After sustaining heaving losses, the terrorists escaped to Pakistan."
    • "In this operation, one IRGC brother reached martyrdom and two members of the Basij forces were injured."
  • Ahmad Vahidi, former Defense Minister under President Ahmadinejad and President of the Armed Forces Strategic Studies Center notes the following on the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/Daesh):
  • "Daesh created problems in the very same areas that were of interest to the Zionist regime."
  • "The source and movement of Daesh until this day was this, and the commotion that the Americans created in order to establish a coalition against Daesh is because they see that which they have hand-trained (Daesh) as out of their control." 

Nuclear Issue

  • Abbas Araqchi, nuclear negotiator notes:
    • "We should never imagine that our enrichment program can be a small scale research project for the sake of decoration. It certainly is an industrial [scale] program and one must have the industrialization horizon in mind. Of course, how fast and in which form this can be achieved can be subjected to discussion in the negotiations." 
  • Kayhan editorial, criticizing the Rouhani government's nuclear diplomacy concludes with: 
  • "We have nothing else the destroying of which we can commit to at the next agreement. Unless we return to Saadabad and fundamentally suspend everything, which would be a different story!"

Economy

  • Mohammad-Baqer Nowbakht, plan and strategic supervision deputy of the president, says the government is discussing obstacles to Chinese financing of development projects in Iran. 
  • According to Etemad, the Russian Energy Minister is about to sign $10 billion worth contracts with the Islamic Republic as he concludes his visit to Tehran. Most contracts revolve around the building of energy facilities such as power plants. Iran’s Petroleum Minister Bizhan Kord Zangeneh notes Iran/Russia trade is about to reach $15 billion per annum. 
  • Kayhan quoting Tasnim News Agency writes that South Africa is interested in resuming oil imports from Iran. 

Human Rights

  • The New York Times Editorial Board writes: "More than seven weeks ago, Iranian authorities detained Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran, and his wife, the Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi. Government officials have refused to say where they are being held or why. Their continued detention is as mystifying as it is outrageous. Mr. Rezaian, a respected and experienced reporter, holds American and Iranian citizenship and has worked in Tehran as a credentialed member of the press for several years. He suffers from high blood pressure, and his relatives say they fear that he might not have access to medication. Iran has detained several dual nationals, including reporters, in recent years. The authorities recently made the ludicrous argument that Mr. Rezaian’s arrest should be of no concern to the United States because he holds Iranian citizenship."
  • The New York Daily News reports: "A British woman has been held in an Iranian prison for more than two months — for daring to watch a men’s volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami was arrested with more than a dozen women in June for trying to enter a Tehran stadium where the Iranian national men’s team was competing with Italy, according to the UK Independent."

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency captures images of prominent Iranian officials attending the funeral ceremony for the father of Hojjat al-Eslam Heydar Moslehi, the former Minister of Intelligence and Security under Ahmadinejad:
  • The Islamic Republic News Agency documents President Rouhani in Tajikistan. Here, he is pictured alongside President Emomali Rahman of Tajikistan.

 

 

 

 

Contributor(s): Ali Alfoneh & Behnam Ben Taleblu 

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