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Iran Press Review: 24 Nov.

Military and Security

  • Hossein Dehghan, Iran’s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, states:
    • “Today Islamic Iran, much like during the time of the Holy Defense (the name given in Iran to the Iran-Iraq War) stands alone against the entirety of the world; today, Russia does not cooperate with us much, not that they are combatting us, but they are also not on our side. So we continue to be alone, as in the war-era.”
  • Mohammad-Ali Aziz Jafari, the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), states:
    • “Our problem is that we do not have a macro-outlook with respect to issues; the Supreme Leader in a meeting of the Assembly of Experts emphasized that we need to have a macro-outlook; if we do not have a macro-outlook it is possible that in some decision-making(s), like the nuclear negotiations, we could develop difficulties.”
    • “Today all the locations of occupied-Palestine are under the cover of the missiles of the resistance, from north to south, and this means that the life if the Zionist regime is coming to an end.”
    • “Because this is the promise of Imam Khomeini, and according to the narrative of history, all of his promises have been realized.”
  • Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, the Deputy Commander of Coordination of the Artesh [National Army] Air Force, notes with respect to the upcoming military drill code-named “Velayat-93:”
    • “The responsibility of the Air Force is to support the surface and ground forces, and the Air Force will definitely play a role in the exercises that will be held at the end of this month.”
  • Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the Commander of the Artesh Navy,touts progress on a new torpedo:
    • “This torpedo has the capability to be fired from submarines, surface vessels, and aerial systems.”
    • “This torpedo was tested three days ago in the Jask area.”
  • The President of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad Office for the Naval Forces of the Artesh, Ali Gholamzadeh, notes:
    • “The missile power of the Sahand Frigate when compared to the Jamaran, is roughly roughly twice, and its sailing range will be significantly greater.”

Foreign Policy

  • Iranian Labor News Agency runs a headline about President Rouhani’s phone call to the President of the Russian Federation, reading: “Rouhani in discussion with Putin: The era of sanctions, is over.”

Nuclear Issue

  • Leading Newspaper Headlines:
    • Ettela’at: “The agreement of Iran and the 5+1 for the continuation of negotiations.”
    • Kayhan: “The Lord of the Village [Kad-Khoda] was not trustworthy, the sanctions were renewed.”
    • Jomhouri-e Eslami: [quoting Rouhani]: “The nation of Iran will be the final victor of negotiations, we have not stopped short, nor will we, of Iran’s nuclear rights.”
    • Vatan-e Emrooz: [in big block letters]: “Nothing!”
    • Donya-e Eqtesad: Renewing two-stage negotiations”
  • Tasnim News Agency reports: “The 5+1 countries and Iran have announced a joint-declaration about Tehran’s nuclear program.”
  • Tabnak cites global reporting on the extension of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1.
  • Defa Press reports: “Moments before, in this round of comprehensive nuclear negotiations in Vienna, the Geneva agreement was extended to the 10th of Tir [13]94 (equivalent on the Western calendar to July 1, 2015), thus, in this way, the framework for the final agreement must be agreed upon by the month of Esfand [February/March].” Defa Press further reports that “Tonight, President Hassan Rouhani will speak to the people about the specifics of the negotiations and its process after the nine pm news.”
  • President Hassan Rouhani comments on Iran’s nuclear diplomacy:
    • “The rationales have grown somewhat closer together and many of the fractures have been removed.”
    • “Paths exist ahead that we must go through; that which was agreed upon today was that the conditions of the Geneva negotiations will remain for several months.”
    • “The nation of Iran shall be victorious and it shall reach the final victory, and I have no reservations about the success of this path, and no path exists for the world except negotiation with the nation of Iran, and this path of negotiation will lead to a comprehensive agreement, either today or tomorrow.”
  • Fars News Agency reports that eight University Basij Organizations affiliated with educational institutions such as Tehran University, Amir Kabir University, and Sharif University, published a letter calling for Parliamentary recognition of any nuclear deal. Fars reports a segment: “According to the interpretation of the Guardian Council of Article 77 of the constitution, any agreement that is binding with any title must be approved by the representatives of the Parliament, and due to the historical importance of the agreement between Iran and the 5+1, no shortage by the Parliamentary representatives will be acceptable.”
  • Hossein Dehghan, Iran’s Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, comments on nuclear diplomacy:
    • “Iran’s negotiators today are after the vindication of our nation, and they want to prove that which was alleged against us is a lie, and in this path, Thank God, they were successful.”
    • “The Americans strive and allege that Iran was brought to the negotiating table due to the sanctions they imposed, but we showed that in the toughest of situations, that we will never allow our internal environment to separate from consistency and unity. And with the leadership of the system, we will stand with our interests at full-length since in this time, we have reached worthy accomplishments domestically.”
    • “Our negotiators, with the support [and] backing of the people and the guidance of the Leadership partook in negotiations in the framework of set principles.”
    • Commenting on the future: “I am sure that our nation, with a Basij-like spirit, will be successful and victorious.”
  • Reuters reports: “Iran has reduced its stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas and taken other action to comply with the terms of last year's interim nuclear agreement with world powers, a U.N. nuclear agency report showed on Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a monthly update on the preliminary accord's implementation on the same day as Iran and the six global powers agreed to extend it until end-June after they failed to meet Monday's deadline for a final settlement of a 12-year dispute over Tehran's atomic ambitions.”
  • Reuters reports: “Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal. Western officials said they were aiming to secure an agreement on the substance of a final accord by March but that more time would be needed to reach a consensus on the all-important technical details.”

Economy & Trade

  • Ali Teyyebnia, Iran’s Minister of Economy, comments on sanctions relief:
    • “According to this agreement, some of the sanctions will be repealed, and this indicates that a good agreement has been attained, and slowly, we will see its positive effects.”
  • Mohammad-Reza Naqdi, Commander of Iran’s Basij Forces, touts:
    • “The vivacious youth of Islamic Iran with the incentives that they have, are prepared to by-pass the sanctions and astonish the world.”
  • Iranian Labour News Agency claims that per Behrouz Nemati’s comments, a member of Iran’s Parliament’s Executive Board, there are documents which prove the “transfer of Social Security companies to Babak Zanjani.”
  • Bloomberg reports: “Brent crude declined from the highest closing price in seven sessions as the U.S. and Iran extended nuclear talks to July 1. West Texas Intermediate was down in New York. Futures fell as much as 0.8 percent in London, reversing an earlier gain, as investors weighed the outcome of the OPEC meeting Nov. 27 and the nuclear talks, which were originally due to conclude today. Negotiators from Iran, the U.S. and other world powers will now seek a political deal by March 1, with a deadline of July 1 to agree on details, according to officials present at negotiations in Vienna.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Ali Nourzad said that a contract has been concluded between the ministry and a Chinese company to provide enough funds for the completion of a railway project in Western Iran. Nourzad said on Sunday that Tehran-Hamedan-Sanandaj 410-kilometer-long railway in Western part of the country in scheduled to be financed by the Chinese company.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “A senior official in the Eastern province of South Khorassan said that Chinese investors are resolved to invest an approximate amount of $27mln in the province's development projects. Deputy Governor General of the Province for Planning Affairs Ali Rezayee said on Sunday that the government is expected to prepare the ground for presence of more foreign investors in the provinces.”

Human Rights

  • The New York Times reported: “A British-Iranian woman detained in Iran since June, whose case attracted international attention after her family said she had been arrested after trying to attend an all-male volleyball match, was released on bail on Sunday. The British Foreign Office confirmed the release of the woman, Ghoncheh Ghavami, but said the Iranian authorities would not allow her to return to Britain.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency displays photos of Hamid-Reza Pahlavi, whom they report as being one of the sons of Reza Shah, founder of the Pahlavi dynasty in Iran (1925-1979). The report notes that Hamid-Reza stayed in Iran after the Revolution and is buried there.
  • Islamic Republic News Agency documents the gathering of ministers from the P5+1 negotiations in Vienna, Austria.