Iran Press Review 16 July

Analysis by FDD

  • Michael Ledeen, Freedom Scholar, wrote in Forbes: “Lee Smith has it right: The long “grand bargain” that purportedly removes the risk of a nuclear Iran is actually a gift to the infamous Iranian warlord, Qassem Soleimani, who commands the nation’s foreign military and terrorist activities. It provides Tehran with cash, and all manner of opportunity to cheat on promises to eschew any activity having to do with military nuclear activities. It phases out sanctions on oil, gold, international banking activities and shipping. That translates into more cash–much of which will be spent on killing Iran’s enemies.”

Politics

  • Chief of Staff to the President’s Office, Mohammad Nahavandian, passes along a briefing on the nuclear negotiations to five senior Ulema in Qom and Mashhad.
  • The Combatant Clergy Society, a conservative political organization, issues a statement on the nuclear accord:
    • “Without a doubt, this is a first long and successful step in creating new developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s relations with the region and the international community. Other steps must of course be taken with greater sensitivity.”
    • “We request the venerable officials to take steps with awareness and precision in the correct implementation of these accords and, just like the past, to not trust the spiteful enemies of the noble Iranian nation whatsoever and continue their movement with the sensitivity they have taken this path.”   

Foreign Policy

  • Tehran’s Ambassador to Muscat, Ali-Akbar Sibawayh, relates the critical role Oman played in helped set-up and facilitate talks with Iran. He notes that:
    • “All 5+1 countries are appreciative of this role.”
  • Foreign Minister of Qatar, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, reportedly pronounces the Iran nuclear deal with the P5+1 to be a positive initiative for the region and the world.
  • Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Arab and African Affairs Deputy to the Foreign Minister, criticized Riyadh in an interview with Arabic language media out al-Alam:
    • “It is to the dismay of the international community that the Security Council ignores the efforts of the United Nations and its special representative and is silent towards the mass killing of the Yemeni people by Saudi Arabia.”

Military & Security

  • Iran’s South-Western province of Khuzestan welcomes its 11th “martyr [and] defender of the shrine” killed in Syria. Crowds welcomed the return of the corpse and mourned Karim Ghovabesh, a Colonel in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and veteran of the eight year-long Iran-Iraq War.
  • Brigadier General Esmaeel Ahmadi-Moqaddam, former Law Enforcement Forces chief who currently chairs the Popular Committee Defending Yemen, emphasizes the “national strength of the Islamic Republic,” as the main factor securing the nuclear deal and said no agreement with Saudi Arabia on Yemen is within reach.
  • Ahlul Bayt News Agency reports: Head of the Yemen Ansar Allah Movement Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, issued a message to President Rouhani congratulating Iran on the nuclear agreement. He expressed home that the agreement would have a “great role” in the peaceful resolution of regional crises.
  • Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Commander of the Artesh Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, announces the installations of “missile systems with the technology to counter electronic warfare” and “new medium- and long-range radars” on September 1. These systems are designed to “cover important parts of the country’s south and southeastern areas.”

Nuclear Issue

  • President Hassan Rouhani, touts at an Iftar with athletes:
    • “In the negotiations nuclear sanctions were supposed to be lifted, however, the nuclear negotiating team was able to resolve the airplane sanctions...and sanctions related to American companies that were not part of the nuclear program, were removed.”
  • In an interview with The New Yorker, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreing Minister, likens the sanctions on Iran to “a blessing.”
  • Mohammad-Farhad Kulayni, a strategic affairs expert, discusses possible scenarios concerning reactions of the opponents of the nuclear agreement:
    • “The Israel lobby in America, AIPAC, has long been active and, in the course of the negotiations, shifted its attention from Republicans to Democrats inclined towards AIPAC. This group is trying to damage and weaken the agreement... It seems as if they will act faster in an attempt to create more obstacles. However, the international community is well aware that the Tel Aviv regime has been a problem and an obstacle not interested in the region and the international atmosphere moving towards stability and increased security cooperation... These scenarios are not finished.”
  • Mohsen Rezaei, former Commander of the IRGC, and member of IRGC Imam Hossein University Scientific Board, addresses a gathering of the university’s instructors:
    • “Negotiations between Iran and global powers would not have taken place without the liberation of Khorramshahr [during the Iran-Iraq war in 1982]. The Vienna roundtable would also not have taken place without 20,000 centrifuges.”
    • “There can be no doubt that America would have attacked Iran instead of negotiating without strength of the armed forces and the nation’s readiness to resist under the leadership of the Supreme Leader.” 
  • Kayhan, a prominent conservative daily and unofficial mouthpiece of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, editorializes: “As opposed to pretentions and fantasies, this agreement will not lead to cooperation between Iran and America on regional issues. Most likely, it will exacerbate tensions.” Kayhan also slammed the U.S. president’s public declaration of support to Saudi Arabia: “He compared Iran with DAESH [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and promised support to a reactionary Arab king, who is the financer of DAESH, against the dual threats [of Iran and DAESH].”
  • Basirat News Agency, an outlet close to IRGC, discusses the prospects for estekbar-setizi [the “struggle against Arrogance,” or the fight against the United States] after the nuclear deal:
    • “They want to change the behavior of the Islamic Republic, meaning [Iran] abandoning its vocation… and restrict to its geographic borders… and give up the struggle against Arrogance, opposition to Zionism and support to the meek… But as the Supreme Leader said, the Islamic Republic only engages in negotiations concerning the nuclear issue.”
  • Ayatollah Abbas Ka’bi, Assembly of Experts member, emphasizes: “America is still the Great Satan! An agreement does not mean end to struggle against Arrogance.”

Economy & Trade

  • Maysam Karimi, an official in the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE), explains the reasons behind falls in the exchange following the nuclear agreement:
    • “There is currently confusion in the TSE. Stocks such as banks and automobiles are [experiencing] confusion. In addition, getting close to the quarterly meeting of companies, selling of shares which requires securing financial resources, and upcoming holidays have added to this confusion and caused the falling of market…But we can say that the stock exchange will return its positive growth after some corrections in the next few days.”
  • Valiollah Afkhami Rad, Deputy to the Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade and Head of the Trade Expansion Organization, discusses plans to import technology products following the lifting of sanctions:
    • “The lifting of sanctions should not lead to new challenges for domestic producers.”
    • “Industrial, mining, and trade services will have easier access to target markets and production units will contribute to a stronger economic situation.”
    • “The presence of production companies in international assemblies and the entry of foreign delegations to Iran can create a better situation for the industrial complex.”
  • Mansour Ghamar, Governor of Mahshahr Port located in southwestern province of Khuzestan, tells Tasnim News Agency, linked to the IRGC, that a “high-ranking investment delegation from Germany” has visited the area to discuss “investment in various petrochemical, fisher, and port section”:
    • “The German investment delegation requested the establishment of windmills in the Port of Mahshahr, which a 200-hectar land for the implementation of this project was immediately provided.”
    • “The Germany delegation has placed a plenipotentiary economic representative in the Port of Mahshar. It was agreed upon that the Germany delegation would travel to the port soon with [proposals] for greater investment in other important areas.”   
  • Central Bank of Iran Economy Director General, Abolfazl Akrami, announces the implementation of quantitative easing policy to “bring the country’s economy out of financial impasse.”

Religion, Society & Culture

  • Ayatollah Abol-Hassan Mahdavi, Assembly of Experts member: “[A] Lack of hijab [the traditional Islamic veil for women] causes intestinal and stomach disease.” A reader of Shafaf News comments:
    • “Well, that explains intestinal and stomach disease among women, but what causes those diseases amongst men?!”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Mehr News Agency displays photos of Iranians celebrating announcement of deal and lifting of sanctions.
  • IRNA displays images of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra playing a concert.