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Iran Press Review: 21 Oct.

Analysis by FDD

  • Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi and Associate Fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad write in The National Interest: "When the Obama administration signed the nuclear interim agreement with Iran last November, it insisted that the scope of sanctions relief was limited, its impact modest and the duration of the interim deal so short that whatever benefits Iran may reap were fully reversible."

Politics

  • Fars News Agency reports the passing of Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi-Kani, the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts. The site further ran a small backgrounder on his life and career.

Foreign Policy

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Heydar al-Ebadi visits Tehran.
  • The AP reports: "Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised on Tuesday that Iran will stand by Iraq in the neighboring country's fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group. Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Heidar al-Abadi that Iran "will remain on the path until the last day," according to a report by the official IRNA news agency."

Military and Security

  • Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Supreme National Security Council Secretary states:
    • "Despite the Syrian government's readiness to engage in political dialogue with different groups in Syria, irresponsible behavior of some Western and regional countries and their provocations leading to slaughter of the people, is the main obstacle to peace in Syria."
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Mahmoud Alavi, the Iranian Minister of Intelligence alleges:
    • "Today is the day[s] of the wars of intelligence services in order to reach their desired goals interact with one another."
    • "In the province of Bushehr, with the intelligence of the soldiers of the Hidden Imam, the observations and elements of the movements of foreign intelligence services which wanted to do surveillance for foreigners were identified and brought to justice."
  • Commander Seyyed Hassan Firoozabadi, Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff comments on the threat posed by DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) in addition to regional issues:
    • "With the attack of the DAESH criminals to the Kurdish region in Iraq and Kobani, the emotions of the Kurdish people have been hurt."
    • "Today the Zionists and their mercenaries have fallen upon the soul of Islam and Muslims, and some of their allies which are hiding under the cover of the anti-DAESH coliiton are actively supporting DAESH."
    • "The enemies of Islam have inaugurated a difficult game, and they must prepare themselves for more difficult punishments."
  • Major General Mohammad-Ali Aziz Jafari, the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) notes at a ceremony honoring martyrs and veterans from Najafabad:
    • "The bravery and fortitude of the believing and revolutionary people of Najafabad especially during the Holy Defense (Iran-Iraq War) is not hidden from anyone and the commanders of Najafabad had an important role."
    • "During the War, no operation would take place unless the 8th Division of Najaf-Ashraf partook in it and this conveyed the intelligence of the Commander of that Division."
    • Commenting on Iran and the Revolution: "The export of the Islamic Revolution to the world is a complete and lasting security in the country and is the pride and honor of Iran, and it is of the commands which have been created by the blood of the martyrs."
    • On Israel: "At present Islamic Iran has not allowed the development of the Zionist regime in the region and is considered the counterpoint to the Zionist regime."
  • Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics received the Lebanese Defense Minister yesterday and commented:
    • "In Iran, there is a strong resolve to counter the Zionist Takfiri and incompatible movements in the region... We are ready to arm Lebanon in the face of the Islamic State and terrorist movements... What we are providing the Lebanese military with, is an immediate act countering a potential threat..."
    • "What the Supreme Leader of the Revolution said concerning arming the West Bank, is the general policy of the regime, and the relevant bureaucracies are fulfilling their obligations."

Nuclear Issue

  • President Hassan Rouhani states in an address today:
    • "They ask us, will we be victorious in nuclear negotiations? My answer is that we are victorious."
    • "That the representatives of one country have sat across from 6 great powers and they argue and discuss and they reject their words and they place their [own] words in the chair (a metaphor for having one’s ideas up for discussion), and they have the power for political bargaining, this is the meaning of victory for a great nation named Iran, and we on this very day are victorious."
  • Ahmad Shohani, a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee states:
    • "The consensus approach in the country is that the negotiations have follow the correct course, and this course must continue."
    • "The view of the Majlis [Parliament] of the time of negotiations with the 5+1 group was a supportive view and one of help to the government.”
  • Abbas Eraqchi, the Foreign Ministry Legal Deputy and nuclear negotiator states:
    • "There still is conflict between the two parties with regard to the issues and no agreement has yet been achieved... If the counterpart has good will and pays slightly more attention to the ideas and options of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we can reach a conclusion prior to the November 24th deadline, which of course is doable."
  • Reuters reports: "Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline. In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians say they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions."
  • John Allen Gay writes in The National Interest: "Iran’s negotiators have successfully framed these final days of the nuclear talks on their terms—and that might lull them into making big mistakes."
  • Reuters reported: "Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it had agreed to carry out by late August, the head of the U.N. atomic energy agency said on Monday, suggesting little headway in an inquiry into suspected bomb research. Western officials say Iran must cooperate more with United Nations nuclear sleuths if it wants to settle a protracted dispute with six world powers over its nuclear program and be rid of crippling financial sanctions."

Economy

  • In an address to Iran’s youth today, Rouhani states:
    • "Combating corruption has a price and the government will pay the price in ordet to combat corruption."
  • Iran’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayebnia says:
    • "Just like the way sanctions caused us to seriously think about our problems, and to create resistance economics in in such an environment, the decrease in the price of oil teaches us that we must be after a remedy this sickness; although the treatment for this sickness is not simple and requires the cooperation of the government and the people."
    • "We suffer from the past to the present from our economic sickness because the main role of the government was the sale of oil and to distribute its rents in the economy which is the origin of [the] abuse."
    • "The account for foreign exchange reserves must be taken seriously and it must be active in the budgetary laws of the next year."
  • Jafar Ghaderi, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Plan and Budget Committee exclaims:
    • "The reduction of oil prices will not have an effect on the budget of [13]93, but it may bring about some shortages in next year’s budget."                      

Daily Picture(s)

  • Young Journalists Club (YJC) highlights photos of Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani alongside Khamenei. The photos are reported to be from Khamenei’s personal website.
  • Fars News Agency reports the most recent picture of Mahdavi-Kani, now deceased.
  • Islamic Republic News Agency displays a host of older photos from Mahdavi-Kani.