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Iran Press Review: 16 Oct.

Politics

  • Gholam-Ali Rajaei comments on the feud between Ayaotllah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi and Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. While the former accuses Rafsanjani of having supported the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization before the revolution of 1979, the latter accuses Mesbah-Yazdi of not participating in the struggle against the Shah’s regime.

Diplomacy

  • Kayhan’s editorial accuses Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal of suffering from “Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease,” why else “would the greatest supporter of terrorism call the enemy of terrorism [the Islamic Republic] the source of regional crises?” 
  • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani receives the Swiss Ambassador to Tehran:
    • “[Declares Iran’s readiness to export natural gas to Europe, stresses Europe’s need for diversified sources of energy and continued:]If the gas pipeline is established, it would be an investment in permanent political stability of Europe.”
    • Commenting on the nuclear negotiations, Rafsanjani stressed the Islamic Republic is engaged in “confidence building measures” and continued: “Under such positive circumstances, political excuses, sabotage of the Zionist lobbies and the like is bereaving the West of opportunities to solve regional and even global issues with the help of Iran.” 

Military and Security

  • Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei receives Ramezan Abdullah,Palestine Islamic Jihad secretary general:
    • “Repetition of the aggression of the Zionist regime is not unlikely,… the Resistance must increase its preparedness and increase its strength in Gaza… War against the Zionist regime is a war of destiny, and it must be decisive. The enemy should have the same concerns in the West Bank  as it has from Gaza…”
    • Abdullah responded: “Certainly, the victory [of Hamas] happened because of the Islamic Republic’s support. Had it not been for Iran’s strategic and effective support, resistance and victory could not have been achieved in Gaza.” 

Nuclear Issue

  • Ali Larijani, parliamentary speaker, comments on nuclear negotiations in an interview with CNN:
    • “Can an agreement be reached? It certainly is possible, but only if both parties display the needed seriousness to reach the agreement. I don’t believe that the problems can’t be solved until the November 24th deadline, but I think if the parties want to haggle on the details, it is unlikely that the agreement can be reached.”
    • Commenting on continuation of the negotiations Larijani said: “The JPOA had both positive and negative aspects… It was a small step, and we must have a domestic discussion [concerning continuation of the negotiations].”
    • “I wonder why the number of centrifuges, or how the scope of our nuclear research and development can be restricted, is being stressed upon in the negotiations. In my opinion, the number of centrifuges is not important. What is important is that Iran shows transparency in spite of [having] a large number of centrifuges.”

Economy

  • Reza Tabibzadeh, Oil Industry Contractors Association member:
    • The government does not like the private sector…  The average duration of the projects is 13 years, and 80% of them suffer from lack of attracting financing… The contractors too, still don’t know how to establish a consortium to engage in the oil industry as a group…”
    • In a different panel, Abbas Sheri Moqadam, deputy oil minister, talks of the “thirst of various countries for investing in Iran,” but added: “such investments are conditioned on the 5+1 Group negotiations reaching a result.”  
  • Hassan Younes-Sinaki, seputy minister of agriculture, says Iran is considering how to increase export of agricultural products and foodstuff to Russia.  

Human Rights

  • Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, commenting on human rights violations in Iran, accuses the West of “psychological warfare” against the Islamic Republic. Commenting a Voice of America Persian coverage of an execution in Iran he said:
    • “In that program, the anchor and so called lawyer, who is a counter-revolutionary and dependent elements who has chosen a different path [than the regime] since the beginning of the revolution, claimed that the condemned individual was executed because of his beliefs, and the execution took place against the Supreme Court and was ordered by the Judiciary chief. This certainly is a lie.”
  • Parliamentary Jebhe-ye Paydari [Steadfastness Front] faction presents a bill demanding reduction the salary of public servants who have “bad hijab.”