Iran Press Review 14 July

Politics

  • Fars News Agency reports that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is slated to hold an iftar with members of the Presidential cabinet after the announcement of the nuclear deal.

Nuclear Issue

  • Iran and six major powers struck a comprehensive deal on the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for phase lifting of sanctions imposed as a result of the nuclear issue (Full text).
  • Iranian Foreign Minister MohammaJavad Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini gave a joint press conference following the announcement:
    • “Today is an historic deal.”
    • “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action includes Iran’s own long-term plan with agreed limitations on Iran’s nuclear program, and will produce the comprehensive lifting of all UN Security Council sanctions as well as multilateral and national sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program, including steps on access in areas of trade, technology, finance, and energy.”
    • “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action comprises of a main text, and five technical annexes - on nuclear, sanctions, civil nuclear energy cooperation, a joint commission, and implementation. These documents are detailed and specific: that is important because all sides wanted clarity so as to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement.”
    • “We know that this agreement will be subject to intense scrutiny. But what we are announcing today is not only a deal but a good deal. And a good deal for all sides – and the wider international community.”
    • “This is the conclusion of our negotiations, but this is not the end of our common work. We will keep doing this important task together.” 
  • President Hassan Rouhani delivered a televised addressed:
    • “We are now at an important crossroad in the history of the country, our revolution, and our regional situation. The situation in the past 12 years has continuously seen imaginations from the major powers and the proliferation of those imaginations among society and public opinion. I must say that a completely new page has turned.”
    • “This new page has begun on this basis that the solution to challenges in the world will be a shorter and less costly.”
    • “I am glad that we have been able to reach a new point after 23 months of negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and six global powers.”
    • “We were not looking for anyone to give us anything for free. We were seeking negotiations. We were seeking to pursue a fair and just agreement based on national interests and expediencies.”
    • “We were fortunately able to reach an agreement in a free and democratic space in matters related to security interests and national expansion.”
    • “The negotiations path began prior to this administration according to the opinion of the Supreme Leader and from the first day when problems began in the nuclear matter meaning 12 years ago.”
    • “The Eleventh Administration chose and began this very path.”
    • "We were pursuing four goals in these negotiations. The first was to be able to continue nuclear capabilities and nuclear technology and even nuclear activities inside the country.”
    • “The second was to lift incorrect, oppressive, and inhumane sanctions.”
    • “The third goal was to lift all United Nations Security Council resolutions that we perceived to be illegal.”
    • “The fourth goal was to take the Iranian nuclear file out of the chapter seven of the United Nations charter and fundamentally [take it out of] the Security Council.”
    • “All four goals were achieved in today’s agreement and in this joint comprehensive plan.”
    • “Today the agreement was struck in a situation where more than 6,000 centrifuges will remain, 5,000 of which will be in Natanz and 1,000 in Fordow. All centrifuges in Natanz will continue enrichment.”
    • “They first said that our limitations time will be between 20-25 years. Then they said 20 years plus 10. Then they said that 20 years is the last position and that they would not back down anymore.”
    • “But these 20 years fell to 10 years and in recent days reached 8 years.”
    • “In the matter of research and development (R&D) they said that R&D will only be allowed in IR1. It was a laughable and unacceptable demand. We already had IR1 [centrifuges] that were active, so R&D wouldn’t mean anything.”
    • “Then they said IR2 at most and finally said that it cannot be more than IR8. What the Islamic Republic of Iran sought were IR6 and IR8. The agreement we wanted was to inject UF6 gas in IR8 [centrifuges] on implementation day, and today we reached such an agreement.”
    • “Regarding Arak, they said the reactor could remain but heavy water does not have any meaning whatsoever. Today the agreement was struck in such circumstances in which heavy water Arak is clearly mentioned.”
    • “Regarding Fordow, they first said…that no centrifuges could remain there and for it to remain as an isotope research center. After months they said that only 164 centrifuges could remain in Frodow. Now, more than 1,000 centrifuges will remain in Fordow and part of it will remain for isotope research and expansion.”
    • “Today I announce to the noble Iranian nation that all sanctions, even arms and missile sanctions, will be lifted…Arms embargo will be set aside for 5 years as a sort of limitation and then lifted.”
    • “Based on today’s agreement that will be ratified in the United Nations Security Council in the coming days, all 6 previous resolutions will be lifted.”
    • “For us, this agreement is the beginning of a test regarding confidence to implement this agreement.”
    • “Today implementing the agreement is two sided. If they are committed to this agreement, we will of course be committed.”
    • “Today, in reality, is the day of joint announcement. Implementation day is when all European and American sanctions will be lifted. This agreement, of course, has phases. Today was the first phase meaning all seven countries accepted the articles of the agreement.”
    • “Today is the day when major powers announced that all sanctions and all oppressive [UNSC] resolutions will be lifted and normal relations would begin with Iran.”
    • “The vagarious efforts that the usurper Zionist regime undertook in these past 23 months have failed.”
    • “I announce that anyone is free to criticize but I will not permit them to damage the people’s hope and confidence in the future, economic growth, and peace and security in the country and the region with lies, accusations, and unsubstantiated claims.”
    • Addressing regional countries: “Do not be deceived by the propaganda of the Zionist regimes and ill-wishers of the Iranian nation. Iran and the power of Iran is your power.”
    • “We consider regional security our security and the stability of regional countries our own stability.”
    • “Our country’s science, technology, growth, and expansion will benefit our neighbors and regional countries.”    
  • Telegraph reports: International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] Chief Yukio Amano announced the signing of a roadmap with Iran with the aim of “resolving all outstanding issues” by the end of 2015. Amano also announced that future access to Iran’s Parchin military site is part of a separate “agreement.”
  • Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission members hailed the accord as “an important success for the Islamic Republic’s diplomacy.”
  • An op-ed in Kayhan expressed skepticism in the United States and the benefits of the deal:
    • “Many countries have negotiated or reached agreement with America (and the West) before. America’s numerous negotiations and agreements with the Soviet Union and China or renewed relations with Russia did not prevent betrayal and pulling the rug from under the feet of the Chinese and Russians – from the dissolution of the Soviet Union to the Tiananmen Square incident and the Ukraine crisis. The Iraqi and Libyan regimes were friends and partners of America and the West that were uprooted like that.”
    • “The first result of the agreement will lead to further sliding of oil prices, which unfortunately and for now is the main source of our economic growth.”
    • “Lack of ratification by the American Congress is another trick that undermines the principle of agreement…Even the next American President can void the agreement.”  

Military & Security

  • Prior to the announcement of the deal, Supreme Political Adviser to the Supreme Leader, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General 2nd Class Yadollah Javani, discussed the nuclear negotiations:
    • “The Americans must accept the rights of the Iranian nation in the negotiations. If they do not, then they’re committing a strategic mistake. The Iranian nation has taken step in the path of expanding power and this is an irreversible path.”
    • “The Islamic Republic of Iran is a regional power and on the verge of transforming to a global power. On this basis, the Iranian nation has shown that it will not retreat from this path under any circumstances. The path of building an Islamic civilization will continue with strength.”  
  • Armed Forces General Staff Strategic and Oversight Affairs Deputy IRGC Major General Mostafa Izadi dismissed an Israeli military threat to Iran:
    • “The Islamic Republic of Iran has such large power in the region of Western Asia that we see the countries called the P5+1 sitting down with Iran in nuclear negotiations and the Islamic Republic of Iran officials defending our country’s rights with reliance on the velayat-e faghih [Guardianship of the jurisprudence] and our country’s Islamic nation.”
    • “Iran’s capability is at such a level that, per the orders of the Supreme Leader, if they [Israel] commit the smallest error, nothing will remain of Tel Aviv.”

Economy and Trade

  • Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reacted to the agreement:
    • “Preparedness to increase exports is the first step after the agreement between Iran and P5+1.”
  • Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Tayeb Nia discussed the economic effects of the deal:
    • “Although we still face stagflation and have a relatively long distance with the desired situation, but our resistance and management of sanctions made our enemies understand that they can no longer reach their goals through sanctions.”
    • “We need several months after the agreement and the passing of several phases by Iran and P5+1 for the effects of lifting sanctions to completely show themselves.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “A high-ranking Iranian parliamentary delegation is in Pakistan to follow up Tehran-Islamabad cooperation on the construction of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project. Mohammad Hassan Asafari, member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission that has sent the delegation to Islamabad, discussed energy ties, specially the gas pipeline project, with Pakistani Senator Nosrat Sadeq.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Mehr News Agency displayed photos of senior Iranian and P5+1 negotiating team members following the announcement of a nuclear accord.