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Iran Press Review: 11 Sept.

Politics

  • The Commander of Iran’s Basij Forces Mohammad-Reza Naghdi comments on utilizing the Basij inside Iran:
    • "The Basij are ready to take up responsibility for works in various arenas and complete them with excellence."
    • "If the government intelligently uses the capacity of the Basij it can attain great gains in the economic realm."
    • "Today the Basij has entered the realm of resistance economics quite well, and in this arena we must use all people, whether they be wealthy or whether they dwell in villages." 

Foreign Policy

  • Fars News Agency reports that Iran’s Deputy Minister of the Interior, Hossein-Ali Amiri notes:
    • On Iran’s borders: "Within our borders we have no specific problems, and security forces specifically the Guard Corps which have the responsibility for regional security carry out their responsibilities."
    • With respect to communications with Pakistan over the terrorists who attacked an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) outpost in South-Eastern Iran: "The necessary notices will be sent to the Pakistan about the terrorist attack through diplomatic systems."
    • On the Islamic State: "With certainty we say that Daesh (the Middle Eastern acronym for IS – the Islamic State) was by no means a threat to our country and at present is in a state of decline.”
  • Resalat-News reports comments by Ali Akbar Velayati, a former prominent Foreign Minister of Iran who currently serves as Secretary-General for the World Assembly of the Islamic Awakening:
  • "Even if the Islamic Awakening (the name given in Persian to the Arab Spring protests) in the region and the world had its ups and downs, it is un-extinguishable." 

Military and Security

  • Reactions in Persian-language media to President Barack Obama's speech on the Islamic State (IS):
    • Fars News Agency’s backgrounder depicts IS as an American conspiracy. 
    • Jahan News on the other hand presents IS as the creation and tool of Saudi Arabia.  
    • BOTIA News defines the Islamic State as "the Israeli State of Iraq and the Levant," and concludes that the United States would never take the fight against such a state. 
    • RAJA News condemns the "hidden American hands" which "arm and support IS." 
    • Farda News "exposes" "American elements who fight for IS." 
    • An Alef News analyst sees the US president's speech as a prelude to attack against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. 
    • Parliamentarian Mansour Haqiqatpour comments: "Rather than claiming to annihilate IS, the United States should prove it did not have any role in organizing it." 
    • Ebrahim Tabbakh, Kuwaiti lawyer attending the Palestine Conference in Tehran, quoted by IRNAsays IS was created by "the Zionists" to counter "the Islamic awakening." 
    • Marziyeh Afkham, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, says the Islamic Republic did not negotiate about IS with the United States.
      • On the other hand, State Department Spokeswoman Mary Harf claims that the United States and the Islamic Republic engaged in bilateral talks about IS. 
  • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Expediency and Discernment Council, addresses the International Conference of the Scholars [Ulama] of Islam in Support of the Palestinian Resistance: 
  • "Palestine has found its path. It is now clear that the Resistance forces can't fight the Zionists with tanks and planes, but they can do so with missiles, which are sensitive and the Zionists are very timid and take the flight very fast. In the latest war in Gaza, both the leftists and the Israelis organized vast demonstrations against the war. In another report released in the Zionist media, a third of the immigrants to the occupied territories want to return because they have no security...  From the North to the southern most areas in Israel are within reach of the missiles of Hezbollah, and should the West Bank be armed in the same manner, no spot in Israel will be safe... The Zionists spent the 50 days of war in shelters under bad circumstances. They can't take this insecurity. This victory is solely because of the support of a single Islamic state. If all Islamic states help, many things would be different... Should unity of the entire world of Islam not be possible, unity of a few Islamic states in the region would be highly effective. Of course, it may have consequences, but such consequences are natural for Jihad... The present conditions of the Islamic community of believers does not please God. We are not allowed not to put all the material and spiritual resources at the disposal of Muslims to good use. We should use it as a strategem against the enemies of Islam... We bluntly declare to the powers which never cease to scream: We armed Hezbollah in Lebanon to resist Zionists who thought they were mighty, and they [Hezbollah] soiled the back [of Zionists] in the 33 days war... The Resistance in Gaza managed to resist for 50 days under siege, and in the end it was the Zionists who begged for ceasefire, and they were wise to do so... This power is due to support of a single government, meaning the Islamic Republic of Iran. Had several wealthy Islamic states supported the Palestinians, the circumstances would change... It is now clear that the Zionist regime can be defeated. It is not so that no one can defeat them just because they have a few nuclear bombs..." 

Nuclear Issue

  • Reuters reports: "Iran said world powers should abandon their "illogical demands" over its nuclear program, ahead of talks on Thursday to try to bridge wide differences in positions and end the decade-old dispute by late November. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, one of Iran's chief negotiators, was speaking before a meeting in Vienna with senior officials from the three European members of the group of six world powers involved in the negotiations with Tehran."

Economy

  • Resalat-News ran a headline quoting Vali-Allah Afkhami Rad, the Deputy Minister for Industry, Mines, and Trade: "The launching of a direct shipping line between Iran and Qatar."

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency highlights photos from Ayatollah Khamenei’s website of Iran’s Supreme Leader with a change of garb in the hospital.
  • The Chairman of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi addresses a crowd as captured by the Islamic Republic News Agency at an event memorializing the "the 22nd anniversary of the death of Professor Seyyed Mahmoud Hessabi, the father of new physics in Iran."
  • The Guardian’s Tehran Bureau displays vintage photos of Iran from the Pahlavi-era based on a piece entitled: "From the archives: Iran in the 1960s - in pictures."