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Iran Press Review: 22 Sept.

Analysis by FDD:

  • Behnam Ben Taleblu, Iran Research Analyst writes in The National Interest:
    • "Despite the apparent diplomatic "green shoots" between Iran and Saudi Arabia, these two Persian Gulf petro-powers are not strategically poised for détente any time soon."
  • A Task Force on Nuclear Verification Capabilities featuring FDD Senior Fellow Orde Kittrie as Co-Principal Investigator recently released a new report available here.
  • Emanuele Ottolenghi, Senior Fellow and Saeed Ghasseminejad, Associate Fellow wrote on Friday in Business Insider:
  • "Nuclear negotiations with Iran are now in their final stretch. But serious gaps remain. If a final agreement is not reached by the November 24 deadline, another extension of the interim deal might be possible and there is a real risk that Iran may seek to stretch that deal indefinitely — along with the modest sanctions relief if offers. All the while, Iran’s scientists can improve enrichment technology and its operating centrifuges can stockpile more low-enriched uranium."

Politics

  • Ramz-e Obour releases the name of "radical" reformist professors who have gained access to the universities since President Hassan Rouhani took office.

Foreign Policy

  • Mohammad-Ali Ramin, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s former Media Deputy notes:
    • "As long as the Islamic Republic has the flag of resistance in its hand, nations that are caught in the triangle of America, Israel, and England [will] rise up against them, and not only nations of the world, but cases exist within American society where uprisings exist to attain freedom and justice."
    • "It is correct that Rouhani has come with the name of the Iranian nation and has the key to the country, but he is not slated to give that key to America."
  • Presidential adviser Hamid Aboutalebi, in a Twitter post, defends the Rouhani government's record of negotiations with the United States. He also says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet was engaged in two years long secret diplomacy with the United States, wonders how come the people who are criticizing Rouhani's diplomacy did not protest against Ahmadinejad's secret talks.

Military and Security

  • Commander of the Artesh Ground Forces Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan relates:
    • "During the time of the eight years of Holy Defense (the name given to the Iran-Iraq War, whose 34th anniversary is today), the same youths who used to curl their hairs, wore mustaches like Charles Bronson and cuffs like the Beatles came to the fronts and defended the homeland of Islamic Iran."
    • "The soldiers of Islamic Iran have always been backed by ideology and faith to defend Islamic Iran."
  • Fars News Agency reports that Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s Minister of Defense is scheduled to brief the Parliament [Majlis] on "the nation’s defense achievements."
  • Fars News Agency reports on progress in Iran’s defense fields:
  • "Several achievements of the defense industry in the arenas of radars, missiles, and simulators were of the newest platforms that were on display during the great parade for the armed forces."
  • The article highlighted the Sejjil, the Ghadr-F, the Ghadr-H, the Zelzal, Khalij Fars and Fateh missiles amongst others.
  • "Holy Defense week is a week of lessons for us and a week of lessons learned for our enemies."
  • "In less than 24 hours, champion-like pilots of the Artesh’s [national army] Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran responded to the Aflaqist invaders with determination all across Iraq."
  • "This was a great mistake of the great powers and reactionaries, and this steadfastness of our nation before the revolution, during the Holy Defense and today against plots is what we witness, but the West and others continue to repeat their mistakes."
  • "The enemy could not reach his goals during the Imposed War (another name for the Iran-Iraq War) and could not question the territorial integrity of this land, and could not find a way to create a path for future incursions into this country, since this 8 year steadfastness condemned a hundred-times their plans for the future."
  • "We have broken the enemy’s back in the media war."
  • "The soft-war and the media war is more important and more indicative than hard (conventional) war, and media representatives are the soldiers of this war."
  • President Hassan Rouhani delivers an address on the occasion of "the start of Holy Defense week" and exclaims:
  • "Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange, senior Iranian officials told Reuters."
  • "The comments from the officials, who asked not to be named, highlight how difficult it may be for the Western powers to keep the nuclear negotiations separate from other regional conflicts. Iran wields influence in the Syrian civil war and on the Iraqi government, which is fighting the advance of Islamic State fighters."
  • "Two Chinese warships have docked at Iran’s principal naval port for the first time in history, Iranian admirals told state television on Sunday, adding that both countries would conduct four days of joint naval exercises."
  • "On Sunday, Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency,  reported that Chinese Navy ships involved in protecting shipping in the Gulf of Aden stopped at an Iranian port on Saturday for a “friendly visit.” One of the vessels was the Changchun, a guided-missile destroyer, the report said."
  • Reza Jahadi-Arasi, a military official, comments on the importance of the "soft-war" for Iran:
  • Armed Forces Chief of Staff Seyyed Hassan Firouzabadi states: "Iran extends technological and advisory support to Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State."
  • Reuters reported yesterday that:
  • The New York Times reported:

Nuclear Issue 

  • Kayhan editorializes:
    • "It is clear that the nature of this [nuclear] agreement is nothing other than generously giving concessions to the counterpart, in return for empty promises. Promises which are empty... because of which the counterpart considers himself the victor... We were close to the total annihilation of the nuclear activities of our country, but the God fearing captain of this ship was more vigilant than the counterpart thought, and sent his nuclear negotiation team with a clear mission containing redlines... After which the United States and its allies found the path of their excessive demands barred..."
    • "Had the parties returned from the negotiations empty handed, the counterpart would have had few options left... The military option is an empty threat... and the sanctions were not successful... Next, the counterpart would deceptively recognize Iran's red lines, but in practice change the substance of the red lines... but the Iranian negotiation team has been vigilant and we hope they also will be in the future."
  • The AP reports that:
    • "Diplomats are reporting a setback at talks on Iran's nuclear program, saying Tehran has resumed rejecting U.S. demands it repurpose a uranium enrichment site."
    • "They told The Associated Press Monday that Tehran is invoking what it says was an Israeli drone shot down last month near another Iranian enrichment site in arguing that it wants to leave the underground facility as an enrichment plant."
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that:
    • "U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif on Sunday for talks on Iran's nuclear program and the threat posed by Sunni extremist group Islamic State, a senior State Department official said."
  • Earlier in the weekend, The New York Times reported that:
    • "Over the years, the United States has shown considerable ingenuity in its effort to slow Iran’s production of nuclear fuel: It has used sabotage, cyberattacks and creative economic sanctions."
    • "Now, mixing face-saving diplomacy and innovative technology, negotiators are attempting a new approach, suggesting that the Iranians call in a plumber."

Economy

  • As Iran's oil exports decline, Oil Minister Bizhan Namdar Zangeneh appoints a five man large committee to attend to the issue: 
  • According to Pars News, the committee is composed of Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh, Ahmadinejad-era Oil Minister, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, Iran's representative to OPEC, Ahmad Vahid Dastjerdi, Adviser to the Minister of Oil, Asghar Hendi, an expert, and Mohsen Qomsari, National Iranian Oil Company International Affairs Deputy.

Human Rights

  • The New York Times wrote yesterday that:
    • "Anticipating the arrival of Iran’s president in New York on Monday for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the family of Amir Hekmati, a former United States Marine incarcerated in Tehran for three years, has called attention to the case by releasing a video in which his father, who has terminal brain cancer, appeals to Iranian leaders for Mr. Hekmati’s freedom."
    • "The family, from Flint, Mich., has also released a statement sent by Mr. Hekmati from Evin Prison in Tehran, in which he acknowledges the widespread support he has received from the United States and elsewhere, saying the efforts to win his release have given him hope."

Daily Picture(s)

  • Iranian officials bid farewell to President Hassan Rouhani prior to his trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, as captured by Fars News Agency.
  • Asr Iran also covers President Rouhani’s farewell, displaying photos from Islamic Republic News Agency.
  • Fars News Agency displays images of a military parade in Tehran by Iran’s armed forces.
    • The Hormoz-2 missile on display during the parade.
  • Islamic Republic News Agency also covered the military parade.