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Iran Press Review: 14 Nov.

Politics

  • Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, the head of the conservative faction in Iran Parliament [Majlis], comments on the nomination concerns for Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology:
    • “The message of the representatives is clear, and their redline is the sedition [fitnah - the name given by hardliners to the Green Movement of 2009 and its supporters], because they are not willing to let the higher education of the country become an arena for those who were influential and active in the sedition, and they think that this is the chouice of the people.”
    • Additional comments by Haddad-Adel on the matter: “The representatives of the Parliament are not willing to let the Ministry of Science become a political outlet.”

Military and Security

  • In his Friday Prayer sermon, Ayatollah Mohammad Movahedi-Kermani, Tehran’s interim Friday Prayer leader, discusses strategic issues like Iran’s ballistic missiles and responses to an Israeli attack:
    • “The third issue I would like to draw attention to is the Sejjil ballistic missile that can strike all points in the Zionist regime and America’s bases in the region and can make them one with the dust.”
    • “The Atomic center of the Zionist regime and the centers that this regime has hidden its missiles in, are at the top of the list of powerful, fast, and fearsome Iranian missiles, and the Iron Dome of this regime does not have the capability to defend against our missiles.”
    • “These missiles, moments after their launching leave the earth’s atmosphere and with an unbelievable speed, meaning approximately 16 times the speed of sound, continue toward their target, which no defense force has the capability of spotting.”
    • “If one day the Zionist regime goes crazy, and develops the idea of attacking Iran, it will be faced with Iranian Sejjil missiles that can go two thousand kilometers when in fact, the distance between us and the Zionist regime is 1200 kilometers, and just as the Supreme Leader of the Revolution said, we will make Tel Aviv and Haifa one with the dust.”
  • Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, a member of Iran’s Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, relates:
    • “The very same team which assassinated the nuclear scientists of our country, was seeking to assassinate me as well, which, due to the acumen of the Ministry of Intelligence, they failed to reach their goal, and Rigi admitted that he was after my assassination.”
  • Commodore Habbibollah Sayyari, the Commander of the Artesh [National Army] Navy, weighs-in on Iranian naval capabilities and meetings:
    • “Whenever we are notified by Commanders, we are ready to be present in the Atlantic Ocean.”
    • “The Jamaran 2 Destroyer is 100 percent ready to be incorporated into the fleet of the naval forces of the Artesh, and we are awaiting the prudence of [our] Commanders for its incorporation.”
    • “Last month we were in Southern India, and we went to Tanzanian and Dar es-Salaam. Last year we were in China. We go back and forth to the Red Sea.”
    • “Before that, we had sent one fleet to China. Last month, we were the guests of a Chinese fleet. In addition, we have saved two Chinese ships which were very important to them from pirates.”
  • Seyyed Ali Mehrabi, the Deputy Director of Operations for the Artesh Ground Forces, states with respect to border security:
    • “The Artesh forces…have the necessary preparation for engaging in this dangerous mission, as our borders are very large and have very special geographies.”
    • “The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are seeking to impair our security by the framework of espionage, and trafficking substances and arms. And in this path, our forces are physically present, and it has been many years that they have been busy doing their duty.”
  • Tasnim News Agency reports on Israeli’s Arrow-2 Missile Defense System. It touts: “Earlier, the Zionist regime, for the multiple time, tested the Arrow 2 missile defense and anti-ballistic system, but the test of this system was faced with defeat. 5 years of testing this system have passed, and each time, tests of the Arrow 2 are faced with defeat.” The article additionally displayed photos of Iran’s Shahab and Sejjil ballistic missiles.
  • Tasnim News Agency quotes Mohsen Rezaie, the former Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), saying: “That which made the 5+1 intelligent enough to negotiate with us, is the missile power and defense power of Iran.”
  • Cihan News Agency reports: “Iran's Vice President for executive affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari told Fars News Agency on Nov.14 that Iran's Defense Ministry has announced readiness for launching the satellite. Iranian experts have finished the construction of the indigenous satellite in June 2013 and it was announced that "Sharif" would be launched into space in three months.”

Nuclear Issue

  • Ayatollah Movahedi-Kermani also touched on nuclear issues in his Friday Prayers sermon, noting:
    • “Therefore, speaking with a country like Iran with the language of threats and force is stupid, and there is no path for the opposing side other than to negotiate logically in a calm environment.”
    • “Iran will not even take one step back from the developing uranium enrichment, and will not set aside its inalienable right to peaceful nuclear energy.”
    • “This will must be heard from the tongue of the Intelligence Minister of the Zionist regime, who said that he spoke with the members of the five plus one to convince them that Iran should give up uranium enrichment, and to force (Iran) to shut down the Heavy Water installations at Arak, to which they said such a thing is impossible.”
    • “Instead of writing letters, Obama should demonstrate his goodwill.”
    • “Obama says that by levying sanctions, we brought Iran to the negotiating table, no you have made a mistake. Iran prepared to negotiate in order to clarify to you and the world that you are lying, and by blocking our assets and with oppressive sanctions, you are the oppressors. Iran wants to prove to the world that we favor logic and want world peace.” 
    • “Obama and John Kerry say that a not reaching an agreement is better than a bad agreement, and we believe this too, and we say that no agreeing is better than force and tolerating the oppressive suggestions of America.”
  • Commander Mohammad Hossein Nejat, the IRGC Social and Cultural Deputy, notes in relation to a nuclear deal:
    • “In the nuclear debate, our key point is that we have complete trust with respect to the negotiating team, but this point must not be missed, that our opposing side is a fraud and a liar. Because so far, we have not seen any honest action on their behalf.”
    • “We must act intelligently against them, until the enemy does not repeal the sanctions of Europe, the Security Council, and even the unwritten sanctions in addition to formally recognizing our inalienable nuclear rights, this agreement is void from its base.”
  • Mohammad-Kazem Anbarlouie writes an essay for Tasnim News Agency with the title, “What is occurring behind the nuclear negotiating table?” His piece notes:
    • “The repealing of sanctions from everyone at all levels are amongst our redlines. It is not at all negotiable. If they decide to talk about the stratification of sanctions or its schedule, we must know that the negotiations of the past year were no more than a trick. And the answer to this trick must be given quickly and without the passage of time.”
    • “And the domain for this response must not be limited to Iran’s nuclear affairs.”  
  • The Economist reports: “Negotiators from six world powers (known as the P5+1) and Iran will gather this week in Vienna for a final push toward a deal to constrain the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme before a selfimposed deadline of November 24th. The flurry of activity over the past few days suggests at least the possibility, if not the probability, of an historic breakthrough. There were few public signs of progress in two days of bargaining in Oman last weekend between John Kerry, America’s secretary of state; Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s senior negotiator; and Muhammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister. But an announcement on November 11th by Russia and Iran of a deal to build four new reactors at Bushehr, an existing Russian-built power station, and four at another site, hints at how each side could benefit. Iran retains an ambitious civilian nuclear programme; Russia gets influence and money; the West gets guarantees that Iran cannot get close to building an atomic bomb without great risk.” 
  • Najmedin Meshkati, a USC Professor, writes in The Huffington Post: “The P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran has entered the last stretch before the November 24 deadline.The main impasse and biggest stumbling block seems to be over Iran's uranium enrichment capacity -- the maximum that the US would allow Tehran to keep reportedly is around 4,000 centrifuges, while Iran would like to keep all of its assembled 19,000 centrifuges, and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, has been on the record and indicated that he would like to see Iran operate even 10 times of that number.”

Economy & Trade

  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iran has exported non-oil goods worth more than $2.7 billion to Iraq in the first seven months of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2014-October 22, 2014), a trade official announced. "A sum of $2.73787 billion worth in goods has been exported to Iraq (from Iran),” Trade Promotion Organization (TPO)'s Director for Trade with Iraq Majid Qorbanifaraz said on Thursday.”
  • Azer News reports: “The growing cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan has created ample capacities for further development of the regional economic interaction, as the latter may play a crucial transit role in the Islamic Republic's export-import operations with Europe. Warm relations between the two countries are regarded as strategic, offering good prospects for cooperation, especially in economic field.”
  • BBC News reported: “The rising cost of fuel in Iran is benefitting the country's donkey population, it's reported. Many villagers and farmers are shunning their vehicles as fuel prices continue to go up, prompting the sale of donkeys to increase as winter approaches, the Khorad News website reports. "The rising price of petrol and diesel is the reason why Iranian villagers are starting, once again, to use donkeys," the website says. The donkey boom has been particularly apparent in the mountainous regions of north-west Iran, but they're also being used in some cities, according to the Eghtesad News website. It's considered good news for the animals, who were previously often abandoned before the winter because their owners couldn't afford the cost of feeding them. "In the past, before winter, some villagers released their donkeys into the wild where they would die", the website says.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency captures photos of Ayatollah Mohammad Movahedi Kermani leading Friday Prayers in Tehran.
  • Tasnim News Agency displays photos of a horseback riding competition in Shiraz.
  • Fars News Agency highlights the air pollution in Tehran.