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Iran Press Review: 25 Nov.

Foreign Policy

  • Press TV reports: “Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Islamic Republic and Turkey will succeed in finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis. In a Tuesday meeting with Umit Yalcın, Director General for Bilateral Political Affairs at Turkey's Foreign Ministry, he said Tehran and Ankara play a strategic role in the Middle East region and should stay in touch about regional developments.”
  • Fars News Agency runs an article by Vahid Samadi with a headline reading: “Mr. Saud al-Faisal! It’s time for you to come to Tehran.”

Military & Security

  • Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei,comments on regional issues, the rise of Takfirism in the region and Israel:
    • “The Takfir issue and the governments that support them completely move towards the goals of arrogance, which means America, and the colonial governments of Europe and the Zionist regime, and with a superficial Islamic veneer, they [the Takfir current] are overtly in their service.”
    • “The Islamic Awakening (what hardliners in Iran call the Arab Spring) was a movement that was anti-American, anti-imperialist, and anti-those who were placed (in the region) by America. But the issue of Takfir turned this great anti-arrogance movement into a civil war and the killing of brothers amongst Muslims.”
    • “The front-line of resistance for Muslims in this region was the occupied Palestine, but the issue of Takfir changed this front-line, and brought it to the streets and cities of Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Libya, and this is one of the unforgettable atrocities of the issue of Takfir.”
    • “The Islamic Republic of Iran, by divine mercy and grace, has not become prisoner to religious limitations and conflicts, and much like it assists the Shi’ite Hezbollah in Lebanon, it helps Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other Sunni groups in Palestine, and it shall continue this assistance.”  
    • “The Zionist regime, when compared to the past, has been severely weakened.”
  • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports: “The commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, has reportedly assisted Iraqi Kurdish and Shi'ite militias to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants in the towns of Jalawla and Saadiya in Diyala Province. The Quds Force is the branch of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) responsible for overseas operations.”

Nuclear Issue

  • Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, states:
    • “Another instance of the enemy’s weakness, is the nuclear case of Iran. America and the colonial countries of Europe have gathered around together to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees in the nuclear case, but they couldn’t, and in the future they will not be able to.”
  • Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iran’s Parliament, notes:
    • “When the dimensions of an issue are still not clear, it must be afforded time, because in some affairs there are differences of opinion.”
    • “From the beginning of negotiations, this issue was introduced.”
    • “In this nuclear issue, it was the self-sufficient spirit that attained achievements for us, and our young graduates had reached it.”
    • “Nuclear technology was not something that we could import, but rather, it was Jihad-like endeavor of our youth that made reaching this difficult technology a possibility.”
  • Seyyed Hassan Firoozabadi, Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, states:
    • “However, the revolutionary path of the nation of Iran does not pass within negotiations, but rather negotiations pass alongside the revolutionary path of the nation of Iran.”
  • Mohammad-Reza Bahonar, the Secretary-General of Front of the Followers of the Line of the Imam and the Leadership,comments on Iran’s nuclear diplomacy with the P5+1:
    • “Definitely, from the position of the negotiating team there will be no erring in the preservation of national interests during the course of the negotiations, and God-willing, let us not see any inadvertent errors on their part.”
    • “In the country, one group had more hope in the negotiations and another group had more fear. Accordingly, one group kept asking question of the negotiating team so as not to make an error, and [the] other group supported the, and both approaches are necessary.”
    • “The opposing side has excessive demands, but over the course of this one year, we have attained many things. Such as, the abode of the sanctions being broken, and clarifying that America is not trustworthy, much like the Supreme Leader of the Revolution states that they do no adhere to their own words.”
    • “Our negotiating team should know that it is negotiating with people whom it cannot trust, therefore, anything that the opposing side says must be proven.”
    • “It has been determined that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not after controversy or quarrels, and is merely going after technology.”
    • “We must continue our support of the negotiating team and tell them not to tire. Also, we must warn them that the enemy is untrustworthy.”
  • Abbas Eraqchi, a Senior Nuclear Negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister, notes in relation to the nuclear talks:
    • “The decision of the 5+1 and Iran was for the Geneva Agreement to be renewed for another round until the end of June, which is approximately 7 months.”
    • “In future months, 5 billion dollars will be freed.”
    • “We want the next round of negotiations to be in December, and alongside it, there will likely be expert meetings.”
    • “However much the negotiations progress and the issues become finer, the conflicts between the 5+1 are greater seen, and this is natural.”
  • Saeed Jalili, Iran’s former nuclear negotiator and former Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, comments on Iran’s nuclear diplomacy, stating:
    • “The enemy entered with force and deception in the area of nuclear enrichment, and they seek to make us give up rights and the defense of truth.”
  • Mashregh News reviews the covers of prominent reformist newspapers. They read:
    • Ebtekar: “Renewal!”
    • Etema’ad: “Renewing diplomacy”
    • Iran: “There is no path other than agreement and ending sanctions”
    • Sharvand: “It’s not over”
    • Mardom Salari: “Renewal of the Geneva Agreement until the 10 Tir, 94”
    • Aftab Yazd: “[The] renewal of hope”
    • Arman: “Seven days of negotiations, seven months of extension”
    • Shargh: “[The] renewal of hope”
  • On a televised interview last night, Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, proclaimed:
    • “The logic of Iran, is negotiation and discussion, and nuclear negotiations will continue with seriousness until a final agreement is reached.”
    • “[The] centrifuges will never be stopped, the cycle of people’s lives will also spin better.”
  • Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak write in The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: “Already, the extension of nuclear talks announced Monday is being portrayed in Iran as a victory for its negotiating team. In a televised interview Monday night, President Hasan Rouhani made clear that Iran would not stop its centrifuges or give up its technology. What’s been agreed to is, indeed, a bonus for Tehran as its government continues to access about $700 million a month from its frozen assets. Western negotiators and Iran had more than a year to reach a comprehensive deal. Despite repeated assertions that Nov. 24 was a firm deadline, it seems that neither side took the date seriously. The Iranian negotiating team had its instructions and stuck to its position, even though no reprieve in the sanctions regime was offered. The Iranians know that the U.S. Senate will change hands in January and that it would be very difficult for the Obama administration to work with a Republican majority whose members have been skeptical of negotiations throughout the process. It is hard to see how the next seven months are to produce a change of mind among Iran’s leaders, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that 14 months of negotiations have failed to bring about.”
  • Reuters reports: “France's foreign minister said on Tuesday that talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program had been "pretty positive" and that progress had been made on key issues including Iran's capacity to enrich uranium. "On limiting Iran's capacity to enrich, I found that there had been a certain movement," Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio.”
  • Matthew Kroenig wrote in USA Today: “An extension of the international negotiations with Iran may be better than the talks breaking down altogether, but an indefinite string of extensions does not make for a sound long-term strategy. Continued extensions leave Iran as a nuclear weapons threshold state, raising the risk that Iran eventually builds nuclear weapons. In addition, even if Iran never builds nuclear weapons, its current capability causes severe challenges for global non-proliferation efforts, Middle Eastern security and human rights inside Iran.”

Economy & Trade

  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iran would receive the remaining $4.2bln of its frozen assets, which was agreed in the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) cut by the country and the six major world powers in November 24, 2013. Based on the JPA, $11.2bln of Iranian blocked funds should be released in three phases, $4.2bln of which were released in the first phase in eight installments from February 1st to July 20th, the Iranian students' news agency reported.”
  • Trend reports: “Sitting on the world’s biggest natural gas reserves, the Iranian government requested last week from Turkmenistan to increase gas delivery to Iran by 6 million cubic meters per day (mcmpd) to 30 mcmpd to avoid gas shortage in upcoming winter. It's while, the Iran's Oil Ministry stated that it is preparing the gas export to Iraq, Oman and have planned delivering gas to Europe Union.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Mashregh News reports what they allege are pictures of arms and armaments the U.S. sent to DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State).
  • Fars News Agency displays photos of the natural environments of Kermanshah and Amol.