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Iran Press Review: 20 August


  • Kayhan's editorial ridicules supporters of President Hassan Rouhani and Reza Faraji-Dana, his Minister of Science, Research and Technology (higher-education) and stresses that “a burned out pawn does not scream” 
  • Asr-e Iranconsiders Faraji-Dana’s fight against scholarships to Ahmadinejad's supporters in the machinery of state as the main motive of parliamentarians attempting to impeach the minister of higher education. 
  • Fars News Agency reports that Faraji-Dana was dismissed by Iran’s Parliament [Majlis] as Minister of Science, Research and Technology by the following vote tally: 145-110-15 (in favor-against-abstentions).
  • Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, a former Majlis speaker and current leader of the conservative block in the Majlis spoke out in the aftermath of Faraji-Dana’s vote of no confidence: “Here, I must thank all my colleagues in the Majlis … and say that the impeachment session is over, and that we will continue working in engagement and sincere cooperation with the government, however, with respect to values and the issue of the seditionists [fitnehgaran – a broad term applied by Iran’s conservatives to Green Movement supporters and activists] we will still be sensitive.”   


  • Dr. Naeeni, the Dean of Imam Khomeini International University, claims that only 13% of its 6800 students are foreign nationals and expresses his wish to increase the number of foreign students. 
  • Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Arab and African Affairs Deputy for the Iranian Foreign Ministry provided comments about matters in Iraq and the effect of the United States: “America did not play any role in picking the new prime minister in Iraq … We have stated from the beginning that in order to combat terrorism in Iraq, we see no need to collaborate with America; if the Americans are serious, they must demonstrate it in practice.”

Military and Security

  • The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) established a “city” to train its forces to combat urban unrest. 

Nuclear Issue

  • Seyyed Abbas Eraqchi, the Iranian Foreign Minister’s Deputy for Legal and International Affairs noted regarding nuclear negotiations:
    • “This agreement [Joint Plan of Action] was like a ceasefire. A six months long ceasefire, in order to prepare the suitable political and international atmosphere for the two parties to negotiate, since the real negotiation is taking place now... Based on this ceasefire, they will not continue the sanctions [regime] and we will not expand our peaceful nuclear program - we however have not stopped it... Of course, both parties have also retreated [from earlier positions]. We accepted to stop 20% enrichment, and they removed some sanctions, which was nothing special but just prepared the atmosphere for the real negotiations... Whenever it is beneficial, one must use negotiations and when not, [one] should not use it... [Answering if the enmity of the counterpart will cease in the wake of negotiations, Eraqchi said:] Never. Actually, the counter-part is trying to achieve goals which it failed to reach through sanctions and threats, which it may try to pursue through negotiations... We will continue this path [of negotiations]. Should we reach the result, our national interests would be secured. If not, it would not be a disaster. Our diplomacy of course, is never going to cease.” 


  • Vali-Allah Seif, Iran’s Central Bank Governor, says the name of six banks which have been referred to a disciplinary committee because of mismanagement of funds, will not be disclosed to prevent panic from spreading among clients of the banks involved. 

Daily Picture(s)

  • Parliamentarians Javad Jahangirzadeh and Mehdi Kouchakzadeh get physical.

Contributor(s): Ali Alfoneh & Behnam Ben Taleblu 

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